Sometimes, in order to save a few dollars we buy the cheapest products in the supermarket. However, before you go for the cheapest honey in the market, you need to know that you are not getting a pure honey in return. Unfortunately, there are a lot of false/misleading advertisings that makes people think whatever honey they buy is a pure one.
The truth is, a lot of honey products in the market has been through numerous alteration and contain chemical substance to lower the price.
According to a public research study conducted by food safety news, up to 76 percent of all honey available in the market have been subjected to a process called ultra-filtration. Unfortunately, other than eliminating impurities like wax traces, the filtration process also remove the pollen in honey.
According to the manufacturers, the filtration process is necessary to prevent crystallizing and extend the shelf life of the product. However, customers do not know that actually, pollen is very important and provide a lot of benefits to our bodies.
Researchers discover that the filtration process makes it hard to determine the geographical origin of the honey. For this reason, they advise to avoid this kind of honey as in case of pollen contamination, it is important to trace and analyze the origin of the honey.
For instance, Chinese honey often contaminated with illegal antibiotics and even some metal because the producers process honey with the filtration process to import it and its origin become unknown.
Here are some guide to avoid purchasing honey with lack pollen:
- Do not purchase honey sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy as they do not contain pollen.
- Honey that can be found at KFC and McDonald do not contain pollen.
- Honey Winnie the Pooh which you can purchase at Walmart does not have pollen.
- Avoid honey which are sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club because 77% of them do not have pollen.
Other than honey that lack of pollen, there are also other type of honey which have been combined with glucose and others that are high in low-quality mead. Honey that are not in its purest form is called adulterated honey.
Ways to Recognize Fake Honey:
- Pure honey will crystallize over time. If the one you buy do not crystallize when kept in the fridge, possibly, it is not a pure honey
- Read the labels before you buy. If the honey contains high fructose corn syrup or commercial glucose, do not purchase it.
- Mix a few drops of iodine with a glass of water then add some honey into it. If the color of your honey turns into blue, then it has been combined with corn starch.
- Mix a few drops of vinegar with a glass of water then add some honey into it. If you see some foam, means your honey has been adulterated with plaster.
- Burn your honey with a match or phosphorus and see if it ignites. Pure honey will ignites under this condition.
- Add a spoon of honey into a glass of water. If the honey dissolves in water, means it’s a fake or poor quality honey. Pure honey does not dissolve in water.
You can avoid purchasing adulterated honey by using the guideline above. Remember that in order to take most benefit of honey, you need to buy a pure one that still contain pollen.