False Honey Is Everywhere, Discover How To Know The Difference
Honey use and production has a long and varied history. Honey collection is an ancient activity. Humans apparently began hunting for honey at least 8,000 years ago, as evidenced by a cave painting in Valencia, Spain.
Honey has innumerate advantages for health benefits and also the taste is incredible.
Nowadays this bussiness has grown so much and the urge for profit made a significant impact on the quality of this product.
Many people often purchase the cheapest they can find in the supermarket, or the ones with the best misleading advertisement, or even the one in the best-looking container. Yet, note that this does not mean that you are buying the best product and that the honey is pure.
Recent research conducted by the Food Safety News organization found some very alarming facts about what kind of honey is on the market shelves. The honey that we buy from the markets, 76% are subjected to ultra filtration.
This process of ultra filtration what it does is removes the impurities like wax traces but as well and the pollen.
Manufacturers come with a explanation that this process is mainly to prolong the shelf life of the honey and also stop the crystallizing. If you a regular user of honey you probably know that the pollen is extremely important.
According to these researchers, the major reason to avoid this process is in order to be able to determine the geographical origin of the honey, as in cases of pollen contamination, the origin needs to be analyzed and traced.
Let us give you an example, Chinese honey many times contain illegal antibiotics and metals, producers process honey in this way in order to import it, and its origin is unknown.
Here is some brands that have lacks of pollen:
– Honey types sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy do not contain pollen.
– Certain packages of KFC and McDonald honey do not contain pollen.
– Honey Winnie the Pooh which can be bought at Walmart does not have pollen.
– 77% of the honey sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club do not have pollen.
There are even types of honey that are cobined with glucose and some with poor-quality mead. Adulterated honey is a type that is not very pure in form.
Adulterated honey is most common to find in the supermarkets, here some advices how to recognize the deference.
– Always read the labels, This ingredients should not appear: high fructose corn syrup or commercial glucose.
– If you have iodine in your home, mix a few drops of a glass with water and add some honey. If the liquid turns blue, the honey is adulterated with starch or flour.
– If you have already bought honey and it is not sweeten with the passage of time, your honey may have been adulterated. Pure honey solidifies over time or when in the refrigerator. If you do not want to take this risk, you can buy solidified honey.
– If you place a spoon full of honey in a glass of water it not suppose to dissolve. Honey dissolved in water has high moisture content, therefore it is adulterated or of a poor quality.
– If in that glass of water with honey, you add a few drops of vinegar and you mix them, a foam is formed, this honey is adulterated with plaster.
– Here is a interesting way you probably haven’t heard, burn the honey and if it ignites that means its has a pure form.
Source: Healthy Food House