Since forever, honey has been used as both a food and a remedy. It is well known that it provides plenty of health benefits and can be very beneficial for treating different illnesses and conditions.
However, there are many fake types of honey available on the market, under misleading labels of pure, organic honey and low price.
According to a recent study conducted by Food Safety News, more than 76% of all honey available on market has been subjected to ultrafiltration, a process that removes impurities such as wax traces, along with the pollen. It seems that this process can extend the shelf life of the product and prevent crystallization.
However, it can also remove pollen, which is very beneficial for our health. Well, the experts claim that the aim of ultrafiltration is to hide the geographical origin of the honey.
So, it is extremely important to be very careful and avoid fake honey. To ensure that your honey is pure, always trace and analyze the origin of the product!
This is how to spot fake honey:
One thing is for sure! Pure honey will crystallize after some time. If it does not crystallize over time, it means that it is adulterated. Don’t forget to read the labels when buying honey. You should not buy honey that contains commercial glucose and high fructose corn syrup.
In a glass of water, add a few drops of iodine and add some honey. If the honey becomes blue, it means that it has been mixed with cornstarch.
Add a few drops of vinegar in a glass of water then add some honey. If your honey foams, it has been adulterated with plaster.
Use a match or phosphorus to burn your honey. If it is pure it will ignite.
In a glass of water, add a spoon of honey. If your honey is adulterated it will dissolve.
Extra tips when buying honey:
- Honey Winnie the Pooh sold at Walmart lacks pollen
- There are honey products which are rich in low-quality mead or ones which have been mixed with glucose
- Honey sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy do not contain pollen, so make sure not to buy it
- Honey sold at KFC and McDonald does not contain pollen
- 77% of the honey sold at Costco, Target, and Sam’s Club does not have pollen.
Source: Healthy Food House