Have you heard of ” fake honey “? I’m not talking about those bottles of honey flavored corn syrup. We’ve known that that liquid gold is actually liquid pyrite (ya know… fool’s gold?) since a simple glance at the ingredients label tells us so. No, this time when I say “fake honey” I mean the stuff at the grocery store that is missing it’s pollen. WHAT? It’s just yellow colored bee juice with no health benefits at all? Sadly yes, a lot of it is.
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I recently ran across this article on Food Safety News and was completely confounded by the number of fakies at the store. Even seemingly reputable brands inside reputable stores are turning out to be void of the good stuff. 76 percent of honey samples bought at groceries had all the pollen removed!
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Just add this to my ever-growing list of reasons why going to the grocery store makes me want to curl up in a ball in aisle #7 and cry like a baby.
Don’t worry, I’m not just going to drop a fake honey bomb like this on you and run. There’s light at the end of this tunnel. For starters every one of the samples that Food Safety News bought at farmers markets, co-ops, and “natural” stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s had the full amount of pollen. So if you don’t know a beekeeper personally this gives you a great excuse to hit up the local farmer’s market. (Who am I kidding? We don’t need no stinkin’ excuses to hit the farmer’s market!) Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the beekeepers such as; Do you heat your honey to bottle it? How do you filter your honey? Do you use antibiotics preemptively? Have you had to use them? Do you feed your bees sugar or pollen substitute?
There are also some simple tests you can conduct at home to give you an idea about the honey’s quality. Unfortunately these tests don’t show you the pollen count, but you can bet your bippy if your honey is failing them then there isn’t much hope.
- Test 1- Add one tablespoon of honey to a glass of water. Did it disperse quickly throughout? Looks like you have a fakie on your hands! Real honey should sink to the bottom and keep its viscosity.
- Test 2- Drip one drop on the tip of your thumb. Did it spread out and/ or run off? Uh oh! That’s an impostor for sure! Real honey should keep it’s sphere-like shape.
- Test 3- This one is for the brave of heart and pyromaniacs. Soak some paper towel in honey and set it to light. Does it promptly go out? Nonflammable Knockoff! Pure organic honey is flammable.
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So what’s the big deal? Why is real raw so good for you? You can find TONS of resources online that list the studies and go on, but I’ll give you a quick run down of health benefits I know of. It contains flavonoids, antioxidants, is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, as effective as over-the-counter cough medicines, acts as a probiotic with loads of friendly bacteria, great for wounds, burns, and especially bites. I mean, all this off the top of my head!! Do yourself a favor and get the good stuff. You deserve it!