There Is Real Honey And Fake Honey – How To Check The Purity Of Honey ?


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Raw natural organic honey is preferred by every honey lover, but it has now become even more difficult to obtain and where it is available it has become pretty costly and expensive to purchase.

It is important that you are able to tell the difference between fake honey and the real one.

The fake honey or synthetic honey offers little by way of health benefits when compared to the original pure honey. It has even been known to be detrimental to your health are here’s why;

  • Nutrient loss during production especially at the filtration phase
  • Producers carry out ultrafiltration of honey with the intention of blocking any chances of locating the geographical origin of the processed honey during pollen examination; this is according to FSN.
  • About 75% of processed honey obtainable in the open market according to Professor Vaughn Bryant have 0% of pollen.

So What Is Fake Or Synthetic Honey?

This can also be referred to as artificial or impure honey.

It is honey that has as part of its components -- corn syrup, sugar syrup, dextrose, molasses as well as several additives and artificial flavors.

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A test put forward by GHgeochem indicate that -- where raw natural pure honey is mixed with corn syrup, there will be a drop in the isotope ratio proving that there has been an adulteration.

It is interesting to note that several honey products in the open market with claims of being pure honey are actually adulterated with corn syrup.

Raw Natural Honey

Simply put raw natural honey is that which is solely derived from bees and not produced in a factory.

But How Do You Know?

While most honey products claim to be pure honey, many are far from being pure and tests need to be carried out to distinguish between real honey and fake ones.

It is known that in order to thicken honey and gain more profits flour, sawdust, sand and grounded chalk is added to the honey.

Sugar syrup and molasses are also added to the nectar-made honey to increase its volume.

You can do these checks at home and here is how;

Do The Thumb Test:

Just put some honey on your thumb if it spreads or spills then it is not 100% pure.

If the honey is pure it will stay on your thumb and not spread around or spill over.

Try The Water Test:

Put a tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and observe, if the honey dissolves in the water and spreads around then it is fake, on the other hand if the tablespoon of honey sinks to the bottom of the glass cup and settles there then it is pure.

The Flammability Test:

Just did the flammable end of a match stick in honey and strike a match box with it.

If the match lights and burns longer using the honey as a fuel then that honey is pure, but if the match stick does not ignite then the honey is adulterated as fake honey has moisture and will not allow the match stick light up.

The Vinegar Test:

When you mix 2-3 drops of vinegar and some water to honey, if the mixture foams then it is definitely not pure honey.

Telling The Physical Difference Between Fake And Pure Honey

Apart from carrying out simple tests you can also identify fake from pure honey but observing it’s physical attributes.

  • Fake honey foams, pure does not.
  • Pure honey is thick and will only drip in trickles while fake honey will run over.
  • Pure honey has a soft texture while fake honey will have a rough texture.
  • Fake honey will separate quite easily into different layers while pure honey will never separate into layers.
  • Fake honey will smell sour or will have no smell at all, while pure honey has its unique aroma.

So before buying any honey product first read it’s label to pick out any indicator of adulteration. Where it is not stated for example, that corn syrup or sugar syrup is included, then you may have to try out these test just to be sure. Sadly though you may have to buy it to carry out the tests.


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