Honey has been irreplaceable and valuable ingredient throughout the entire human history. Its health benefits have been used for many many years, and the delicious taste has been valued until today. But, because of its countless advantages, honey usually is sold a bit expensively.
For that reason, lots of people often buy the cheapest they can find in the store, or the ones with the best misleading ad, or even those in the best-looking jar. Yet, remember that this does not mean that you are purchasing the best product and that the honey you are buying is pure.
Specifically, so as to lower the price, honey is often exposed to many alterations. Therefore, do not let to be misled by the look and the price and always aim for the best quality honey.
Namely, the Food Safety News conducted a public research which provided pretty alarming findings about honey. To be precise, they have discovered that even 76% of all kinds of honey sold in the supermarkets have been subjected to ultra-filtration.
This filtration process removes impurities such as wax traces, but the pollen as well.
Manufacturers say that this process is necessary in order to prolong the shelf life of the honey and to prevent “crystallizing”. Yet, those who regularly consume honey know that pollen is extremely beneficial and very important.
According to these scientists, the biggest reason to avoid this process, in order to determine the geographical origin of the honey, such as in cases of pollen contamination, is to analyze and trace the origin.
An example of this is Chinese honey, since it’s often contaminated with metals and illegal antibiotics, because producers make honey in this way so that they can import it, and its origin is unidentified.
For that reason, here are several brands and places where you can buy honey that lacks pollen:
- Certain packages of McDonald and KFC honey do not contain pollen.
- Honey types that are sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy don’t contain pollen.
- 77 percent of the honey sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club don’t have pollen.
- Honey Winnie the Pooh which can be bought at Walmart also does not have pollen.
Furthermore, there are also types ofhoney that have been mixed with glucose, as well as other ingredients which are high in poor-quality honey. Adulterated honey is not in its purest form.
As it seems, adulterated honey is pretty much often sold in the supermarkets, so you should know how to recognize it:
- Read labels: You should always read the label on the container of the honey, and avoid itif it contains commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup.
- If the honey you’ve bought does not “crystallize” after some time, it might be adulterated, because the pure one will crystallize over time or if kept in the fridge.
- Add several drops of vinegar in a glass of water with honey. If this makes foam, the honey you’ve bought has been adulterated with plaster.
- Add several iodine drops in a glass of water and then add some honey. In case it turns blue,your honey has been adulterated with flour or starch.
- Put a spoon of honey in a glass of water. It is pure if the honey does not dissolve. Poor-quality honey or fake honey dissolves in water.
- Burn the honey with a match or phosphorus, it is pure honey if it ignites.