Honey is a precious natural item with incalculable health benefits!
It has powerful antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, and contains around 16 minerals, 18 amino acids, 20 vitamins and numerous phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Anyway, not every single honey type we find in the local supermarkets are the same. Tragically, there are various brands that sell contaminated honey, which does not offer the same therapeutic properties of the organic, raw honey.
An examination of the honey showcase directed by Food Safety News found that 76% of all honey sold at supermarkets have experienced a procedure called “ultrafiltration,” which kills not only impurities such as wax, but also all traces of pollen!
However, various specialists believe that those pollen and impurities are really helpful for our health, and what’s more, the whole procedure does not appear to give any benefits, since it costs very much, but doesn’t improve the shelf-life.
But, the pollen is the only sure-fire way to find out where the honey comes geographically, therefore the ultrafiltration process is often done in order to, maybe little bit cover up the place where the honey originates from.
Samples of Food Safety News of honey were sent to professor at Texas A&M University and premier melissopalynologist, Vaughn Bryant, and the discovered that 3/4 of the samples that were tested, didn’t have any pollen at all. Which means they were identifiable and were not safe at all. Also he discovered that:
- All honey from drugstores such as CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s didn’t contain pollen.
- All honey from individual pockets such as McDonald’s and KFC also didn’t have any pollen.
- All Winnie the Pooh honey that was sold in Walmart didn’t contain any pollen.
- 77% of the honey that is from the big box stores such as Target, Sam’s Club and Costco, didn’t have any pollen trace.
Then again, he found that honey purchased from stores, farmers markets and co-ops like Trader Joes contained everything of unique pollen.
Regardless of the considerable number of solicitations for the FDA to counteract the closeout of defiled honey in basic need racks, despite everything they haven’t done any progression to boycott it, while the EU has quite recently changed marking guidelines to necessitate that honey holders list “pollen” as an ingredient when it is one.
Also you can preform a few simple tests at home, from which you can check if the honey you have is adulterated or purchased organically, like the following ones:
- Water test -- Fill a glass with water, and add a tablespoon of honey into it. In the event that the honey begins dissolving around the glass, it is adulterated or fake, on the other hand pure honey will settle at the bottom of the glass.
- Flame test -- Dip a dry matchstick in the honey, strike it on the matchbox as though to light it, and on the off chance that it lights easily, the honey is unadulterated, and the fire will continue consuming. However, counterfeit honey contains dampness, so it won’t light.
- Thumb Test -- Put a little drop of honey on the thumb, and check whether it spills or spreads around. On the off chance that it does, it has been corrupted, since unadulterated, natural honey remains flawless on the thumb.
At least for now we recommend you to purchase honey from farmer’s markets, and some other natural food stores, only to be able to get the maximum benefits from this amazing natural product.