Will The Real Honey Please Stand Up
You used to be able to go to a store and purchase a bottle of honey without worrying about whether the product you just bought is actually honey. But, unfortunately, you must be careful. Even though the honey may look like honey, it might just be counterfeit honey, a fake. Honey in stores requires careful consideration.
Today we’re going to discuss whether or not it’s possible to spot a fake, and how you can determine what is a good, quality honey.
It has been reported that about 75% of all honey in stores are labeled “ultra-filtrated”. This process removes all impurities such as pollen and wax. Most generic brands of honey are usually ultra-filtrated. And this is our first tip. Stay away from honey that is labeled ultra-filtrated. Why?
Pollen, removed by the ultra-filtration process, is the only way to determine the source of the honey. So when the pollen is removed, it can be from the US, China or somewhere else. No one knows. Some countries, especially China, have been known to smuggle honey into the United States. What’s wrong with this smuggled honey from China? This honey is tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. Plus, some dishonest companies add corn syrup or some other type of sweetener to honey to increase the quantity.
The FDA has done little to prevent this dangerous type of honey from showing up on our store shelves. But they have stipulated that honey that has been removed of its pollen and has undergone the ultra-filtration process cannot be labeled honey. So, a good rule of thumb is to be wary of ultra-filtrated honey, because there is a good chance it is smuggled honey from China or some other country. So, what should you do if you want good honey?
Know The Source
Honey from local farmers is safe. Usually these farmers will not alter the honey in any way. I buy most of my honey locally from farmers, and this type of honey has never been heated or “touched”, just put directly in jars for selling. Honey in this state provides the very best health benefits because all its components are intact and it hasn’t been altered.
Manuka honey from New Zealand is a very superior honey with loads of health benefits. You may pay more for this honey, but it is well worth the price. In fact, the FDA has approved of Manuka honey for use in burn and wound care in the United States.
Also, another way to know if you have quality product is to buy your honey in the comb.
Can You Tell Good Honey By Its Appearance?
Unfortunately, you cannot look at a jar of honey and know that it is good. Nor can you fully trust the label that says “pure honey”. There is no law that requires a specific amount of real honey in a jar in order to be labeled “pure honey”. Also just because a jar of honey is expensive does not mean that it is an authentic, good quality honey.
Don’t Be Afraid To Buy Honey
Really, there is no need to be afraid to buy honey. Like like so many other products, exercise care when searching for honey. The benefits of honey are incredible, and it’s really sad that unscrupulous people are making it hard to identify the real deal. Fake honey from China should not deter you from locating the best honey. But, it can be done, and with a little knowledge and care, you won’t have a problem finding a delicious, health-packed jar of nature’s liquid gold – unadulterated honey.
If any of you readers know of a way to determine if honey is pure, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you 🙂