The next time you find yourself in the honey aisle of your favorite grocery store, thinking about which honey to buy; the pricey, premium, artisanal honey or the store-brand nectar contained in a plastic bear, you might want to think twice before choosing based on price.
Honey is extremely versatile and it can be used to sweeten tea, glazed on a ham, or drizzled on toast or strawberries. However, its uses go far beyond the kitchen as it works as an antibacterial and antifungal agent, ably regulating blood sugar and even reducing ulcers.
As unbelievable as it sounds, archaeologists have found a 3,000-year-old honey in a tomb which was still edible. But, not all honey is the same, meaning that you need to be extremely cautious when buying some.
According to a recent study, more than 75 percent of store-bought honey was “ultrafiltered”, which removes both impurities and traces of pollen. Although it is pricey and said to improve shelf-life, it turns out that this is far from the truth.
Pollen is the best way to determine the origin of the honey which ultra-filtering actually masks. It is very likely that it comes from China, where honey is cheap and with low quality.
Recently, Chinese honey has become subject to heavy import tariffs due to the presumptions that it is contaminated by heavy metals and illegal antibiotics.
The manufacturers ultra- filter the honey, bring the product in America and mark it as “Made in the USA” and place it on the shelves. It is time to protect yourself from the fake honey no matter of the purpose of use, health benefit or sweetener.
- The pre- packed honey from KFC and McDonald’s should not be consumed. Also, do not eat “Winnie the Pooh” from Wal- Mart. These samples do not have pollen inside.
- Sam’s Club, Target ad Costco own 77% of honey without pollen.
- Always know the source of it. Whenever is possible for you buy local honey.
- By indigestion pollen, you will also reduce your allergies.
In case you cannot afford it or you are unable to buy local honey, Manuka honey which comes from New Zeland is the only honey, approved by FDA for treating wounds and burns and it is legitimate.
USDA label – does not mean that the honey is pure
You must remember that it doesn’t matter if it is expensive. Sometimes expensive does not mean quality. Usually, substances are introduced by “honey products” or “honey blends”.
A USDA LABEL DOESN’T MEAN YOUR HONEY IS PURE
Contrary to popular belief, the high price doesn’t mean that the honey you are buying is quality and authentic.
Below you have a few tests which can help you determine whether your honey is real or fake:
- The match test
Since pure honey is flammable, putting some of it onto a matchstick and lighting it can show whether it is real or fake. If real, it will light easily.
- The water test
Adding a tablespoon of honey into a glass filled with water is a reliable test showing whether the honey is pure or fake. Real honey sinks to the bottom while fake honey dissolves.
- The thumb test
Put some honey on the thumb. If the honey stays intact on the thumb, it means that it is pure. On the other hand, if it spread around, it is very likely that it is artificial.
- The freezer test
Real honey doesn’t freeze!