Honey is a product used all over the world. It is savored by countless number of people due to his sweet flavor innumerable health benefits. Honey bees convert nectar into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. The sweetness is gained from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose. Moreover, it also contains: vitamins, amino acids and minerals, such as: calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and even selenium. It is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies.
The health benefits of honey are too numerous to be named, you must know that not all honey is the same. In fact, most of the honey you buy at your local supermarket is not any healthier than white sugar.
Fake honey is ‘honey’ that has been added glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, corn syrup, starch, or any other similar product, other than floral nectar.
So, if you want to enjoy most of the benefits derived from honey, its purity is what you should consider before buying.
How to detect cheap, fake honey:
Always read the label. If it contains added glucose or high fructose corn syrup, it is not real honey.
Taste your honey. If you can taste things like flowers or herbs it’s real honey. The taste of the real honey vanishes in a matter of minutes, while the taste of the fake honey stays for awhile as a result of the added sugar.
Put a small drop of the honey you have on your thumb. Check to see if it spills or spreads around. If it does, it is not pure. Pure honey will stay intact on your thumb.
Add a few drops of iodine to a glass of water and then add some honey. If your honey turns blue, it has been combined with corn starch and is not real honey.
The organic honey is flammable. Matchsticks light even and easily after it has been immersed in pure honey.
Place a spoon of honey in a glass of water. Adulterated or artificial honey will dissolve in water and you will see it around the glass. Pure honey will sink to the bottom of the glass.
- Add a few drops of vinegar into a mixture of water and honey. If it foams up, your honey has been adulterated with plaster. Pure honey caramelizes quickly and does not form foam.
- If your honey does not “crystallize” over time, it is likely fake since pure honey will crystallize when you keep in your fridge or over time.
Honey brands that tested positive for ultra-filtration (fake honey):
- 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
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