Honey is a product obtained from the hard work of bees. It is definitely one of the healthiest foods ever! With all the health benefits it provides, honey can be very beneficial for treating many illnesses and conditions.
However, there are many fake types of honey on the market with low price and under misleading labels of raw, organic honey. So, this can easily trick you into buying fake honey.
According to a study done by Food Safety News, more than 76% of all honey found on the market has been subjected to ultrafiltration, a process that removes impurities, such as wax traces, along with the pollen.
It is believed that this process is extremely important because it extends the shelf life of the product and prevents crystallization. However, it also removes pollen, known for its various health benefits.
So, make sure to avoid fake honey! Always analyze the origin of the product so you can be sure you are buying pure, organic honey!
This is how to spot fake honey:
It is very important to mention that pure honey crystallizes over time. So, if your honey does not crystallize over time it means that it is adulterated.
Make sure to read the labels so you will not buy some honey that contains high fructose corn syrup or commercial glucose.
To a glass of water, add a few drops of iodine then add the honey. If your honey becomes blue it means it has been mixed with cornstarch.
To a glass of water, add a few drops of vinegar then add some honey. If it foams it shows that it has been adulterated with plaster.
Use a match or phosphorus to burn your honey. If it is pure it will ignite.
To a glass of water, add a spoon of honey. If your honey is adulterated it will dissolve.
Extra tips when buying honey:
- Honey sold at KFC and McDonald does not contain pollen.
- There are honey products which are rich in low-quality mead or have been mixed with glucose
- 77% of the honey found at Target, Costco, and Sam’s Club does not contain pollen.
- Honey Winnie the Pooh sold at Walmart also lacks pollen.
- Honey found at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy does not contain pollen as well.
To obtain the maximum benefits, make sure to buy pure, organic honey.