Honey is one of nature’s most unbelievable items. Its medical advantages are common known and it has been utilized for a considerable length of time both restoratively and in sustenance. It’s delectable taste has been appreciated by children and grown-ups alike. Nectar is in any case, a costly extravagance luxury in numerous homes.
Because of its cost, individuals regularly buy the least expensive they can discover in the store, or the ones with the most deceptive ads. Indeed, even the one in the most attractive, most stunning bottle. Usually, when the substandard, lower value honey is being sold, you’d be astounded to realize that it’s not really pure that you’re purchasing.
In order to lower the price, the chemical make-up of honey is often subjected to numerous alterations. A public research study conducted by the Food Safety News provided a rather alarming find concerning honey. They have discovered that up to 76% of all types of honey available in supermarkets have been subjected to a process called ultra-filtration.
This filtration process removes impurities like wax traces, but also the pollen as well. The manufacturers say that this process is needed in order to prevent “crystallizing and to prolong the shelf life of the product and”. Little do the consumers know that pollen is extremely important and beneficial to our bodies.
According to these researchers, the main reason to avoid honey that’s been treated by this process is the inability to determine its geographical origin, as in cases of pollen contamination, the origin needs to be analyzed and traced.
Chinese honey is one such example. It is often contaminated with illegal antibiotics and some metals, since producer’s process it in this way in order to import it, and its origin is unknown. Moreover, there are also honey types which have been combined with glucose, as well as others which are high in poor-quality mead. Adulterated honey is not in its purest possible form.
Apparently, adulterated form is often sold in the supermarkets, so you should learn how to recognize it:
If your honey does not “crystallize” over time, there is a good chance it may be adulterated, since the pure one will crystallize when kept in the fridge.
Always read the labels:
Always read the label on the bottle, and if it contains commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup, avoid it.
Techniques to check the originality:
- Add a few iodine drops into a glass of water and add in some honey afterwards. If your it turns a blue color it has been combined with corn starch.
- Add a couple of drops of vinegar into a mixture of water with honey. If you see foam, your honey has been adulterated with plaster.
- Burn the honey with phosphorus or a match, and if it ignites, it is pure.
- Place a spoon of honey into a glass of water. In case the it does not dissolve, it is pure. Fake or poor-quality honey dissolves in water due to the high adulteration.