Honey represents the healthiest natural food that has enormous health benefits treats different diseases. It is widely used for preparing various natural remedies so it’s one of the most wanted natural product. However, there are a lot of fake honey products and you need to be aware when you buy one.
You may be tempted to buy the cheapest honey from the gondola at the supermarket or you believe in misleading advertisers, or get carried away by the nice looking bear plastic container. Be careful because all these features do not guarantee that the honey is pure. Altering this food is the way to reduce costs. Next time you have doubts about which one to buy, remember that cheap honey is not the best option.
Buy Honey Without Ultra Filtration
If you are a honey lover, the market/public research by Food Safety News is worth considering. The research led to the release of stunning results that will make you feel alarmed. The study found that 76 percent the hone available in all supermarkets is passed through a process known as ultra filtration. It may be meant to filter out all the impurities like wax traces, but that means that even pollen gets removed.
But manufacturers have their own reasons for the ultra filtration process. They call it mandatory for enhancing the useful life of honey. They also claim that it helps in preventing what is called as “sweeten.” If you are a honey lover and eat it regularly, you would already know the health benefits of pollen.
According to the Food Safety News’ study ultra-filtered honey should be avoided for one more reason. This type of honey cannot be traced to its place of geographical origin. Whenever there is any risk of contamination due to pollen, the honey’s origins have to be traced for analysis. But that is not possible with ultra filtered honey.
Chinese honey, for example, is a unique case. The Chinese producers are ultra filtering their honey for importing it. They don’t disclose the source. The honey is usually contaminated by both illegal antibiotics and metals.
Where can you get safer honey?
So what are the places you can buy safer and healthier honey?
– McDonald and KFC sell individual honey packages which are free from pollen.
– Honey Winnie the Pooh available in Wal-Mart is free from pollen.
– 77 percent of the honey available at Sam’s Club, Target and Costco is free from pollen.
– The honey sold by CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s is also free from pollen.
Avoid Adulterated Honey
You should also consider other factors when buying honey. Some types of packaged honeys are made by mixing honey and glucose, or honey and high content mead (poor quality mead). Honey that is not available in purest form is called adulterated honey.
Follow these steps to determine if the honey you are using is adulterated or not:
- Check Labels
Check the labels and ensure that the honey doesn’t have the following ingredients:
– High fructose corn syrup
– Commercial glucose
- Honey that Doesn’t “Sweeten”
If you have purchased honey that doesn’t “sweeten” even after some time, it is likely to be adulterated. Keep in mind that if the honey is pure, it is going to harden when kept in refrigerator. It will also solidify over time. You could avoid this by choosing solidified honey.
- Honey that is Dissolving
Take a spoonful of honey and dip in 1 glass water. If the honey dissolves, it means that it has high amount of moisture, which further means that it is poor quality honey or adulterated.
If you put a few drops of vinegar into water with honey and notice foam on mixing, it means that the honey has been adulterated using plaster.
- Iodine Test
Put a few drops of iodine into 1 glass water and mix. Then add some honey into it. If you see that the liquid becomes blue, it means that the honey has been adulterated with flour or starch.
A good test of pure honey is that it can be lighted with phosphorus or match.