Honey is one of nature’s sweetest gifts. It is also one of nature’s purest foods. Nutritionists call it a “functional food,” meaning it is all natural and has numerous health benefits. In fact, raw (unpasteurized, or never heated beyond the temperature of the beehive) honey contains a whopping 22 amino acids, 27 minerals including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and even selenium. It is rich in vitamins as well like vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.

According to the manufacturers, the filtration process is necessary to prevent crystallizing and extend the shelf life of the product. However, customers do not know that actually, pollen is very important and provide a lot of benefits to our bodies.

Researchers discover that the filtration process makes it hard to determine the geographical origin of the honey. For this reason, they advise to avoid this kind of honey as in a case of pollen contamination, it is important to trace and analyze the origin of the honey.

For instance, Chinese honey often contaminated with illegal antibiotics and even some metal because the producers process honey with the filtration process to import it and its origin become unknown.

Here are some guides to avoid purchasing honey with lack pollen:

  1. Do not purchase honey sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy as they do not contain pollen.
  2. Honey that can be found at KFC and McDonald do not contain pollen.
  3. Honey Winnie the Pooh which you can purchase at Walmart does not have pollen.
  4. Avoid honey which is sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club because 77% of them do not have pollen.
  5. Other than honey that lack of pollen, there is also another type of honey which have been combined with glucose and others that are high in low-quality mead. Honey that is not in its purest form is called adulterated honey.

Ways to Recognize Fake Honey:

  • 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 honey, and if it contains commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup, avoid it.
  • Add a few iodine drops into a glass of water and add in some honey afterward. If your honey 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 honey.
  • Place a spoon of honey into a glass of water. In case the honey does not dissolve, it is pure. Fake honey or poor-quality honey dissolves in water.

Source: healthylifebyte.com

 

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Honey is one of nature’s sweetest gifts. It is also one of nature’s purest foods. Nutritionists call it a “functional food,” meaning it is all natural and has numerous health benefits. In fact, raw (unpasteurized, or never heated beyond the temperature of the beehive) honey contains a whopping 22...