The honey is a divine remedy. Everybody knows it. But even this best nature’s brandis sold fake. Yes, fake honey is everywhere now!This is why it is important to know what actually makes the honey ‘fake’.
When the honey is put through the process of ‘ultra-filtration’, that removes not only the impurities such as wax, but also all traces of pollen,it becomes fake honey. In the place of pollen, in the impure, artificial or adulterated honey glucose, molasses, dextrose,sugar syrup, flour, invert sugar, corn syrup, starch or other substitute products, other than floral nectar, have been added.
Pure, organic honey is the natural product made by honey bees, not the fake one manufactured by money scoopers.It’s the floral nectar collected by the bees and stored in the combs inside the hives. But well over 30 commercial producers of honey are as busy as bees themselves when it comes to selling fake honey.
What the intensive investigation led by the Food Safety News showed is that up to 76% of all honey bought at grocery stores were treated in this way. And the samples that were by far most likely to be ultra-filtered were in fact generic brands.Bad news, you will agree.
By and large, some very big issues surround ultra-filtration. Many people are certain that pollen and other so-called ‘impurities’ are actually very beneficial to human body. And many still believe that honey is a much, much better choice than its rival sweetener-the sugar.
The matter of fact is that ultra-filtration does not give any benefits. On the contrary, it reaps them. It’s done in order to lengthen the shelf-life of honey, manufacturers claim. Yet, the expense of that goal is not really justified either in economic or health respect.
For FSN,the problem with removing pollen through ultra-filtration is that pollen is the only reliable way to trace the source of honey to its geographic location. You guess that ultra-filtered honey is often used to mask the origins of certain kinds of honey, especially true for the Chinese honey.
Although it is subjected to heavy import tariffs on account of its frequent contamination by heavy metals or illegal antibiotics, it is readily seen in many honey markets. It looks like this sham honey easily sneaks its way to American grocery shelves no matter what.
Wherever you turn,you see jars and plastic bears filled with golden liquid that isn’t honey at all. It is just sweet syrup that tastes like the real thing.
Peculiarly, the FDA shuns preventing smuggled honey from landing on grocery shelves. But labeling policies in the EU have just been changed. It is now required that honey containers list pollen as an ingredient.
The principal melissopalynologist and professor at Texas A&M University, Vaughn Bryant, examined honey samples he received from the FSN and came up with these facts:
1. 100 % of honey from drugstores like Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy had all the pollen oozed out;
2. 100% of Winnie the Pooh sold in Walmart supermarket chains had all pollen removed;
3. 100 % of honey from individual packets from KFC and McDonald’s had all pollen seeped out;
4. 77% of honey from big box stores like Sam’s Club, Costco and Target had no traced of pollen whatsoever.
You can figure out that around ¾ of the honey contains no pollen, thus making it unidentifiable and unsafe. In the stores that sell honey with the original pollen he listed Trader Joes, co-operatives and farmers’ markets and natural food stores.
Let’s turn to raw or unprocessed honey benefits now. Approximately 20 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 16 minerals, and a load of anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients, are found in one oz(28.35 grams)of raw honey. It is a natural source of B2, B3, B5, B6, C vitamins and magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulfur and phosphate. It is like all three-in-one pill with its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal action.
Test honey purity prior to buying it!Honey purity can be tested. How do you do this test? Well, the most proper places to test honey on purity are the labs, but a regular customer cannot afford it. So, here we are looking at simple ways that help an average consumer quickly tell if the honey is fake or pure.
You’re likely to have the real thing in your hands when the label states the name and contact details of an apiary close to home.It is known that real honey crystallizes over time, whereas honey diluted with high-fructose corn syrup stays pourable forever!
Another simple test you can make is to drop a little honey into a small glass with tap water. If it dissolves in a jiffy, it’s fake. It takes a good amount of stirring to make natural honey melt. Or taste it.
Can you trace more than one flavor, alike different flowers and herbs? That’s natural honey! Fake honey just tastes sweet, with added honey flavor. Also the tables on the packages are the most common means of checking the honey purity.
Take a closer look at them. If they say honey has been processed, then it is not honey at all. If you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff!
Pollen-free honey means it lacks beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which have been wiped out due to pasteurization and processing. Who then needs this worthless honey surrogate?
Remember all these tips to get good value for your money. Your ignorant grabbing a honey container from a shelf won’t really do you good. The pricy premium, artisanal honey or the store-brand nectar contained in a honey bear aren’t the same.
Next time you find yourself standing in the long honey aisle, spoilt for choice which honey item to put into your basket, do not look the price tag only. You might need to think over before choosing an item based on price.After all, our health does not have a price tag!