How to Detect Fake Honey

Buying the cheapest honey in the store means you are not buying pure honey in some cases, which is false advertising.
A New Safety News’s public research offered a pretty worrying discovery about honey: up to 76% of all types of honey available in supermarkets have been subjected to a ultra filtration. It is a process that removes impurities like wax traces, including the pollen.
Manufacturers say this kind of filtration is needed to prevent “crystallizing and to increase the shelf life of the product”. Not many customers are aware of the fact that pollen is highly important and beneficial to our body.
The best reason to avoid honey that has undergone this process is the inability to determine the geographical origin of the honey, because in cases of pollen contamination, the origin needs to be analyzed and traced.
For example, Chinese honey is often contaminated with illegal antibiotics and some metals and its origin is unknown.

Here are a few brands and places where you can buy honey that lacks pollen:
  • Types of honey you can find at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy do not contain pollen.
  • Certain packages of KFC and McDonald honey do not contain pollen.
  • Honey Winnie the Pooh which can be purchased at Walmart does not have pollen.
  • 77% of the honey sold at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club do not have pollen.

In addition, there are types of honey, which have been combined with glucose, and those which are high in mead with poor quality.

This is how you can recognize fake honey:
  • Your honey may be contaminated if it does not “crystallize” over time. The pure honey will crystallize when kept in the fridge.
  • Always read the label on the honey, and check if it contains commercial glucose or high fructose corn syrup, which should be avoided.
  • Add a few iodine drops into a glass of water and then add in some honey. If your honey becomes blue it has been mixed with cornstarch.
  • Add a couple of drops of vinegar into a mixture of water with honey. If you see foam, your honey has been contaminated with plaster.
  • Burning the honey with phosphorus or a match can show if it is pure. So, if it ignites, it is pure honey.
  • Take a glass of water and place a spoon of honey into it. If the honey does not dissolve, it is pur Fake honey or poor-quality honey dissolves in water.

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