Honey, the product of the hard-working bees, is undoubtedly one of the healthiest foods on the Earth, which offers countless health benefits. It can be used in the treatment of various illnesses and health conditions.
However, there are numerous fake types of honey on the market, mislabeled as an organic one, offered at low prices. According to the findings of the research conducted by Food Safety News, more than 76 percent of all honey sold in markets has been infiltrated.
This process eliminates all impurities of the honey, including the pollen and wax traces.
The infiltration is said to be important for extending the shelf life of the product and preventing crystallization, but it also removes many health benefits of the honey.
Apparently, it serves to hide the geographical origin of the honey. Chinese manufacturers contaminated honey with illegal antibiotics and metals with the aim to import it.
This is the reason why we should all avoid such honey since in the case of pollen contamination, it is vital to trace and analyze the origin of the product.
Here are several ways which can help you to spot fake honey:
-- If the honey does not crystallize over time, it is fake.
-- add a spoon of honey to a glass of water, and if it dissolves, it is fake.
-- Add a few drops of vinegar to a glass of water, and then add some honey. If the honey starts to foam, it is a clear sign that it has been adulterated with plaster.
-Burn it with phosphorus or a match. If it ignites, it is pure, organic honey.
-Add some honey and a few drops of iodine in a glass of water. If the color of the honey turns blue, it has been mixed with cornstarch.
-- Read the label of the product well. In case it contains high fructose corn syrup or commercial glucose, avoid it.
Moreover, when buying honey, follow these tips:
- Some honey types are high in low-quality mead or mixed with glucose.
- The McDonald’s and KFC honey lacks pollen.
- Honey sold at CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s does not contain pollen.
- Over 77 percent of the honey sold at Costco, Target, and Sam’s Club lacks pollen.
- Honey Winnie the Pooh sold at Walmart does not contain pollen.
In order to reap all the benefits of honey, always choose pure, organic one, that contains pollen, and offers countless health benefits.