False Honey Is Everywhere, Discover How To Know The Difference

Everyone loves honey; it is nature’s solution to refined sugar.

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This natural nectar has excellent antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

It has been used for ages in combating numerous ailments as a stand-alone ingredient or in combination with others.

Honey is also naturally tasty and delicious. With the demand for honey ever rising there is now a proliferation of fake honey in the market and only people that know the difference will be able to avoid the fake ones.

Raw natural honey has now become quite expensive because of the teeming demand and the temptation to buy less expensive ones is real.

Where you should be worried however is when you want to buy raw natural honey from your local supermarket and you are misled into buying the artificial ones due to misleading labels, ads or attractive packaging.

This is how to distinguish between the real natural honey and the others.

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Check for ultra-filtration

In a recent study by the Food Safety News it was discovered that about 76% of all honey in the supermarket had been processed by ultra-filtration. The problem with this type of filtration is that it eliminates both the pollen and wax in its attempt to remove impurities.

Pollen is very beneficial to the body and honey consumers know this, but manufacturers say that this process helps to preserve the “honey” and also prevents “sweeten”.

Ultra filtration according to Food Safety News makes it difficult to know where the honey originated from. This is important so as to know if there is a risk of pollen contamination.

An example is the Chinese honey which is ultra-filtered and then imported but it has been known to be contaminated by antibiotics and metals.

Consider the brands, manufacturers and sales outlets

Knowing the brands in the market and what they offer is important, for example -- Walmart sells -- Honey Winnie the Pooh and this “honey” lacks pollen. Also Walgreen’s, CVS Pharmacy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target, McDonald’s and KFC all sell “honey” that are without pollen.

Know which honey is adulterated

There are adulterated honey which includes some real natural honey and glucose.

You may also find honey with highly concentrated mead of the lowest quality. Any honey that is not in its raw natural state is simply adulterated.

Finding out whether the honey you are presently using or the one you want to buy is adulterated or not is now easy all you have to do is follow these instructions;

  • Make sure you take time out to read the labels. If these ingredients are stated on the label then avoid buying the “honey” -- commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup.
  • Pure honey solidifies over time or if put in a fridge, so if the honey you have at home hasn’t solidifies over time then it has been adulterated. You can also buy the solidified honey from your supermarket to be on the safe side.
  • Honey should not dissolve in water, so try putting a tablespoon of the honey in your home in water and see for yourself.
  • You honey is adulterated with plaster if you add a couple of drops of vinegar to the tablespoon of honey in the glass of water and it foams.
  • When you strike a match and put the flame on honey it should light up, if it doesn’t then it’s not pure honey.
  • You will know if your honey has been adulterated with flour or starch if it turns blue when you add some drops of iodine to a mixture of water and a tablespoon of your honey.

Source: www.healthyfoodvision.com

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