Honey is the most delicious natural product, and its health benefits far outweigh its deliciousness. However, natural honey is a luxury, and it’s not widely available.
Due to the high price of organic honey, people often buy commercial honey advertised as pure, but the truth is that this fake honey contains numerous impurities. According to a study conducted by the Food Safety News, 76% of all types of honey sold in most supermarkets have been subjected to ultra-filtration, a process which removes wax traces and protein from the honey.
The manufacturers are defending themselves by saying that the process is needed to prevent “crystallizing and to prolong the shelf life of the product.” However, the process removes pollen from the honey which is crucial for our bodies. The study has shown that the process also eliminates any geological traces of origin of the honey, which makes it impossible to know where it originated from.
Chinese honey is one such example – it often contains antibiotics and metals and its origin is completely unknown. Here are a few brands of fake honey sold as “pure”:
The honeysold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy doesn’t contain pollen;
Certain packages of KFC and McDonald honey don’t contain pollen;
Honey Winnie the Pooh which can be bought at Walmart doesn’t contain pollen;
77% of the honey sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club don’t contain pollen.
The fake honey is also mixed with glucose or mead, and as our markets are flooded with this adulterated honey, you need to learn how to recognize it.
The first sign you can notice is the crystallization process – if the honey doesn’t crystallize over time, it is not organic. You should also read the label on the honey always – if it contains glucose or high fructose corn syrup, don’t buy it.
You can try some simple tests to determine if the honey you’ve bought is pure. Add a few iodine drops in a glass of water, then add honey and see if it turns blue – if it does, it contains corn starch and is impure.
Add a couple drops of vinegar in a glass of water and honey – if the honey foams, it contains plaster.
Lighting some honey can also show you if it’s pure. Light a small amount with a match and see the reaction – if the honey burns, it is pure.
Put a tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and watch if it dissolves -if it does, it is fake.