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This might be a bit long, however, it’s very eyeopening on a household staple….

 

Studies Show Fake Honey Is Everywhere. Here’s How to Know The Difference:

by Healthy Holistic Living

Published on December 1, 2017

The next time you find yourself in the honey aisle of your grocery store, debating between a pricy premium, artisan honey and the store-brand nectar contained in a plastic bear, you might want to think twice before choosing based on price.

That’s because a searing investigation of the honey market by Food Safety News found that 76% of all honey bought at grocery stores were treated with a process called “ultra-filtration,” which removes not only impurities like wax, but also all traces of pollen. And of the types of brands at grocery stores, the ones that were far-and-away the most likely to be ultra-filtered were generic brands.

 

The Problem with Ultra-Filtration

There are issues with ultra-filtration in general. Many believe that pollen, and other so-called “impurities,” are actually beneficial to human health, and make honey a better choice than rival sweeteners like sugar. And there doesn’t seem to be any serious benefit to the process; it’s expensive and doesn’t significantly improve shelf-life, even though some manufacturers claim it does.

But according to FSN, the biggest reason to avoid ultra-filtered honey is that pollen is the only sure-fire way to trace the source of honey to a geographic location. As a result, ultra-filtered honey is often used to mask the shady origins of certain kinds of honey.

 

Food Safety News honey samples were sent to premier melissopalynologist and professor at Texas A&M University, Vaughn Bryant. What he found was that roughly three fourths of the honey contained no pollen, making it unidentifiable and unsafe. Of that average, he found that:

100 percent of Winnie the Pooh sold in Walmart stores had all pollen removed.

100 percent of honey from individual packets from KFC and McDonald’s had all pollen removed.

77 percent of honey from big box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, and Target had no traced of pollen.

100 percent of honey from drugstores like Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy had all the pollen filtered out.

He did find out, however, that honey purchased from co-ops, farmers markets and stores like Trader Joes contained the full amount of original pollen.

Many have called for the FDA to do more to prevent adulterated and smuggled honey from landing on grocery shelves, but the group has so far shrugged off the burden.

 

The EU, for its part, just changed labeling regulations to require that honey containers list “pollen” as an ingredient, when it is one, despite the objections of some honey farmers, who call pollen intrinsic to their produce.

One ounce of raw honey contains approximately 20 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 16 minerals, and a ton of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Raw honey is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal substance. It is also highly nutritious. It contains significant amounts of B2, B3, B5, B6, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, Sulphur, and phosphate.

In the meantime, though, worried consumers do have a good option: buying honey from farmers’ markets and natural food stores. The FSN investigation found that few, if any, of the honeys sold there had been subject to ultra-filtration.

 

“The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”

“Ultra-filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years”.       Quote directly from original report.

 

If interested in reading the full original report by Food Safety News, please click the link below

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/

 

Bottom line-Kris’s take:

Do your homework, even with that honey sitting in your cabinet. Is it “real” or has it been over processed?  Look for the verbiage of “ultra-filtration”. I did, yep I have “fake honey” too. Always when possible go to the source, meaning, farmers markets or as stated in report a local co-op. Look for words like “organic” on the labels.

NOTE to remember: Honey is still a sugar, the difference is if it’s “real” honey as stated in the report then the body will process it differently vs white table sugar. Honey has the extra stuff in it like all the macro nutrients that the body needs to process and use, unlike the white stuff.

 

If interested in learning more about this or other health related topics please reach out!

 

In Health & Peace,

Kris

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