Many of us already know how good honey is for our health, but do you know there is a lot of fake honey in the store? How to choose before buying one?
The next time you find yourself in the honey aisle of your favorite grocery store, thinking about which honey to buy; the pricey, premium, artisanal honey or the store-brand nectar contained in a plastic bear, you might want to think twice before choosing based on price.
Whether you’re glazing a ham, sweetening some tea, or just drizzling some on some toast or strawberries – honey is the best. Honey has been touted for its amazing effects outside of the kitchen, too, such as being an antibacterial and antifungal, being able to reduce ulcers, and help regulate one’s blood sugar.
The Egyptians were particularly fond of it and archaeologists found 3,000 year old honey in a tomb that was still edible! However, not all honey is created equal and next time you find yourself reaching for that golden plastic bear, you may want to think twice.
A recent investigation of the honey market discovered that over 75% of all grocery-store honey was “ultrafiltrated,” which removes not only impurities such as wax and bee parts, but also all traces of pollen. It’s expensive and doesn’t significantly improve shelf-life, despite what manufacturers would like you to believe.
What’s the big idea? Basically, honey laundering.
Pollen is the only sure-fire way to trace a honey straight to its source and ultra-filtering honey can mask its shady origins. Most likely, it’s been imported from China, where honey is cheap and heavily subsidized.
However, Chinese honey is also subject to heavy import tariffs on account of its propensity for being contaminated by illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. Thus, Chinese manufacturers will ultrafilter their honey, then sneak their products into a US