We all know honey to be such a delicious ingredient. It is also known for all its benefits and in the treatment of so many diseases. There are very few foods in the natural world that offer so many benefits. But we all know that honey can be a little expensive.
But it can be easy to get your hands at cheap honey. You can find cheapest honey at the gondola in the supermarket. It is also easy to fall for the misleading advertisers and the bear plastic container that makes you feel so sympathetic.
But any such feature doesn’t give you any assurance that the honey you are consuming is pure. The manufacturers alter the food to keep the costs low. So when you are going to buy honey next time, don’t choose anything that’s cheap.
Buy Honey Without Ultra Filtration
If you are a honey lover, the market/public research by Food Safety News is worth considering. The research led to the release of stunning results that will make you feel alarmed. The study found that 76 percent the hone available in all supermarkets is passed through a process known as ultra filtration. It may be meant to filter out all the impurities like wax traces, but that means that even pollen gets removed.
But manufacturers have their own reasons for the ultra filtration process. They call it mandatory for enhancing the useful life of honey. They also claim that it helps in preventing what is called as “sweeten.” If you are a honey lover and eat it regularly, you would already know the health benefits of pollen.
According to the Food Safety News’ study ultra-filtered honey should be avoided for one more reason. This type of honey cannot be traced to its place of geographical origin. Whenever there is any risk of contamination due to pollen, the honey’s origins have to be traced for analysis. But that is not possible with ultra filtered honey.
Chinese honey, for example, is a unique case. The Chinese producers are ultra filtering their honey for importing it. They don’t disclose the source. The honey is usually contaminated by both illegal antibiotics and metals.
Where to Buy Safer Honey?
So where can you get safer and healthier honey?
– McDonald and KFC sell individual honey packages which are free from pollen.
– Honey Winnie the Pooh available in Wal-Mart is free from pollen.
– 77 percent of the honey available at Sam’s Club, Target and Costco is free from pollen.
– The honey sold by CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s is also free from pollen.
Avoid Adulterated Honey
You should also consider other factors when buying honey. Some types of packaged honeys are made by mixing honey and glucose, or honey and high content mead (poor quality mead). Honey that is not available in purest form is called adulterated honey.
Follow these steps to determine if the honey you are using is adulterated or not:
Check the labels and ensure that the honey doesn’t have the following ingredients:
– High fructose corn syrup
– Commercial glucose
2. Honey that Doesn’t “Sweeten”
If you have purchased honey that doesn’t “sweeten” even after some time, it is likely to be adulterated. Keep in mind that if the honey is pure, it is going to harden when kept in refrigerator. It will also solidify over time. You could avoid this by choosing solidified honey.
Take a spoonful of honey and dip in 1 glass water. If the honey dissolves, it means that it has high amount of moisture, which further means that it is poor quality honey or adulterated.
If you put a few drops of vinegar into water with honey and notice foam on mixing, it means that the honey has been adulterated using plaster.
5. Iodine Test
Put a few drops of iodine into 1 glass water and mix. Then add some honey into it. If you see that the liquid becomes blue, it means that the honey has been adulterated with flour or starch.
A good test of pure honey is that it can be lighted with phosphorus or match.
Source: Healthy Food Vision