One of the most common mistakes that many people do is buying the cheapest honey in supermarket with intention to save some money. You should keep in mind that you get what you pay for, and very often you actually are not buying pure honey.
Cheaper honey is just false/ misleading advertising. Manufacturers, in order to lower the price, need to make numerous alterations to get chemical make-up of honey.
Food Safety News conducted public research study and the results are alarming, when it comes to honey. Namely, it was discovered that even 76% of all types of honey available in supermarkets have been subjected to a process called ultra filtration.
During the process of ultra filtration, all impurities such as wax traces are removed, but the pollen is removed, too.
As manufacturers explain, this process is required in order to prevent “crystallizing and to prolong the shelf life of the product”. In this point we should mention that the pollen is extremely important and beneficial to human body.
The researchers say that the main reason why you should avoid honey that was been treated by this process is the inability to determine the geographical origin of the honey, unlike in cases of pollen contamination, when the origin needs to be analyzed and traced.
One such example is Chinese honey. Namely, this honey very often is contaminated with illegal antibiotics and some metals, as the manufacturers process the honey in this way in order to import it, and its origin is unknown.
Below we are going to present you a list of few brands and places where you can buy honey which lacks pollen:
Honey types sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy do not contain pollen.
Certain packages of KFC and McDonald honey do not contain pollen.
Honey Winnie the Pooh which can be bought at Walmart does not have pollen.
77% of the honey sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club do not have pollen.
In addition to this, on the market there are honey types that are loaded with glucose. Adulterated honey is honey that is not in its purest possible form.
How to Recognize Fake Honey:
– In case if the honey does not “crystallize” after certain period of time, there are high chances that it is adulterated, as the pure honey will crystallize if is kept in the fridge.
– Don’t forget to read the labels: if the product contains commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup, you should avoid it.
– Into a glass of water add few iodine drops and add some honey. If the honey turns a blue colour it was combined with corn starch.
– Into a mixture of water with honey add few of drops of vinegar. In case if there is foam, the honey has been adulterated with plaster.
– Burn the honey with phosphorus or a match: in case if it ignites you can be sure that the honey is pure.
– This is the simplest test: into a glass of water add spoon of honey. If the honey does not dissolve, it is pure. The fake or poor-quality honey will dissolve in the water.