Honey is one of most remarkable products provided by our mother nature. Furthermore, its fascinating health benefits are widely known and it has been used for centuries medicinally and in food. What’s more, it has delicious taste that has been savored by kids and adults, as well.
Unfortunately, honey is an expensive luxury ingredient in many homes.
As a result of its price, people usually purchase the cheapest they can find in the supermarket, or the one with the most misleading advertisements. Or the one in the best-looking, most dazzling container.
In addition, the chemical make-up of honey is often subjected to numerous alterations as manufacturers want to lower its price.
According to a public research study carried out by the Food Safety News, there was a rather alarming find concerning honey. Namely, they have discovered that up to 76% of all honey types available in supermarkets have been subjected to a process known as ultra filtration.
Impurities such as wax traces, but also the pollen is removed from the honey through the filtration process.
Honey manufacturers claim that this process is necessary for crystallizing prevention as well as shelf life prolongation. Very few of the consumers really know that pollen is extremely important and beneficial ingredient to our bodies.
Researchers also point out that the main reason to avoid honey that’s ultra filtrated is the inability to determine the geographical origin of the honey, since in cases of pollen contamination, the origin needs to be analyzed as well as traced.
One such example is the Chinese honey, which is often contaminated with illegal antibiotics and some metals, as producers process it in this way to import it, and, therefore, its origin is unknown.
So, we are going to list a few brands and places where the honey doesn’t contain pollen:
- The honey sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy does not contain pollen.
- 77% of the honey sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club do not include pollen.
- Certain packages of McDonald and KFC honey do not contain pollen.
- Honey Winnie the Pooh that can be purchased at Walmart does not include pollen.
Plus, there are also types of honey that have been combined with glucose, and others that are high in poor-quality mead. Bear in mind, adulterated honey is actually the honey, which is not in its purest possible form.
But, adulterated honey is usually sold in the supermarkets, so it is advisable to learn how to recognize it:
- In case the honey does not crystallize over time, there is a great possibility it to be adulterated, as the pure one will crystallize when kept in a fridge.
- Always read the labels: If the honey contains commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup, don’t buy it.
- In order to test your honey, add a few iodine drops into a glass of water and then add some honey in it. If the honey turns a blue color, it has been actually mixed with corn starch.
- Or add several drops of vinegar into a mixture of water and honey. If there is foam, the honey has been adulterated with plaster.
- Also, burn the honey with phosphorus or a match, and in case it ignites, then, it is pure honey.
- You can also place a spoon of honey into a glass of water and if the honey does not dissolve, it is pure. On the other hand, the fake honey or poor-quality honey dissolves in water as a result of its high adulteration.