One of the best sweet things that nature has given us is honey. It is called “functional food” by nutritionists because it is completely natural and offers a great number of health benefits. To be more precise, raw (unpasteurized, or never heated beyond the temperature of the beehive) honey contains a whopping 22 amino acids, 27 minerals including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and even selenium. It is rich in vitamins as well like vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.
When it comes to nutritional digestive enzymes, honey also contains them including diastase, invertase, catalase, glucose oxidase, acid phosphatase, and inulase. Honey is also rich in antioxidants.
Just when you think that you can’t go wrong with buying honey, you can!
Supermarkets mostly honey that is as bad as white sugar, especially the cheap one. Also, the chances that is has been produced in China are great, and we know that this country has some very questionable regulations on health and safety.
The FDA, the food safety divisions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission (EU) as well as numerous other regulating bodies suggest that REAL honey contains pollen. Without it, the FDA cannot determine whether the honey is from legitimate and/or safe sources.
Commercially sold honey is ultra-filtered. This process includes heating the honey to high temperatures that kill off any beneficial nutrients and enzymes, adding water to dilute it, and then filtering it using high-pressure technology to remove any pollen.
This technique is widely implemented by Chinese and East Indian honey manufacturers who export literally tons of contaminated honey, which leaves officials unable to track its origins.
The results from studies conducted at the Texas A&M University show that 76 percent of the honey from supermarkets had all of the pollen removed, leaving their exact origins untraceable.
What’s worse, 100 percent of the honey sold at drugstores and those packaged in the single serving portions served at restaurants had no pollen at all.
Only 29% of organic brands were lacking pollen.
Here are some useful tips on how to recognize and avoid fake honey:
- Read the label. If it says that the honey contains added glucose or high fructose corn syrup, it is not real honey.
- If you can taste flowers’ or herbs’ aromas, then it is real honey, while fake honey is only sweet with a mild “honey-like” flavor.
- Put a small drop of your honey on your thumb. If it spreads it is not pure since pure honey will stay in one place.
- In a mixture of honey and water, add a few drops of vinegar. If it starts to foam, your honey has been adulterated with plaster.
- Real honey “crystallizes” over time if it’s kept in the fridge. Fake honey doesn’t do that.
- In a glass of water and honey add a few drops of iodine. Fake honey combined with corn starch will turn blue.
- Place a dab of honey on the end of a matchstick and light it. If it ignites, it is pure.
- In a glass of water put a spoonful of honey. Fake honey will dissolve, while pure honey will only sink to the bottom of the glass.
The following brands showed no pollen when tested:
- American Choice Clover Honey
- Archer Farms Orange Blossom Honey
- Archer Farms Organic Classic Honey
- Busy Bee Organic Honey
- Busy Bee, Pure Clover Honey
- CVS Honey
- Fred Meyer Clover Honey
- Full Circle Pure Honey
- Giant Eagle Clover Honey
- GE Clover Honey
- Great Value, Clover Honey
- Haggen Honey, Natural & Pure
- HT Traders Tupelo Honey
- Kroger Pure Clover Honey
- Market Pantry Pure Honey
- Mel-o 100 % Pure Honey
- Natural Sue Bee Clover Honey
- Naturally Preferred Fireweed Honey
- Rite Aid Honey
- Safeway Clover Honey
- Silver Bow Pure Honey
- Stop and Shop Clove Honey
- Sue Bee Clover Honey
- Thrifty Bee Honey
- Valutime Honey
- Walgreen MEL-O honey
- Western Family Clover Honey
- Wegman Clover Honey
- Winnie the Pooh, Pure Clover