Honey has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it is often used as a natural antiseptic in traditional medicines. Honey contains nutraceuticals, which are very effective for the removal of free radicals from the body.
But, the real and ugly truth, (due to its high price), is that people usually buy the cheapest one they can find in the supermarket or the one with the most misleading advertisements.
And sometimes the one in the best-looking, most dazzling container which is a bad thing. And, now you probably ask yourself why? Well, because when you buy this type of “honey”, you’re not actually buying pure honey.
How this works in order to lower the price, this type of honey is often subjected to numerous alterations. Here’s what you need to know a recent study, conducted by a group of experts at the Food Safety News, has discovered that up to 76% of all types of honey available in supermarkets have been subjected to a process called ultrafiltration.
What this means well, this filtration process removes impurities like wax traces, but also the pollen as well – which is a bad thing. You should also know that the honey manufacturers say that this process is “important” in order to prevent “crystallizing and to prolong the shelf life of their products”. The bad thing is that many consumers don’t know the fact that pollen is extremely important and beneficial to our bodies.
Here How to Detect Fake Honey
Don’t forget -if your honey does not “crystallize” after some time, there is a good chance it may be adulterated since the pure one will crystallize when kept in the fridge.
1. Commercial Glucose
As we said, always read the label on the honey, and if it contains commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup, avoid it.
2. Trick Iodine
You just have to 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.
3. Method Vinegar
Just 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.
4. Trick Burning
Some people use this trick as well. You can burn the honey with phosphorus or a match, and if it ignites, it is pure honey.
5. Trick Water
Or, just 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 due to the high adulteration.
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