Generally, people buy honey from grocery stores since it is said that they sell pure organic honey.
But, did you know that there is real honey and fake honey?
Without knowing the difference between pure and fake honey, you will end up buying bad products. And because of the enormous demand for organic honey, grocery stores replace it synthetic honey made in factories. So, this article is all about the possible ways of testing honey at home and helping you recognize fake honey in stores.
Processed honey loses almost all the nutrients in the manufacturing process and this is a normal part of the filtration process. However, this is not high-quality honey. The food industries practice ultrafiltration of honey in order to prevent the tracing of the geographical origin of the honey through pollen examination, according to the FSN.
Moreover, Professor Vaughn Bryant claims that about 75% of honey which you can find on the market contains almost 0% of pollen. Fortunately, there are several tips which can help you recognize which honey is made in factories, and which one is natural raw honey.
Also called adulterated impure or artificial honey, this one has been added sugar syrups, molasses, corn syrup, dextrose, and other flavors and additives. In one of the tests postulated by GHgeochem, it is suggested that “If a pure honey has been adulterated with corn syrup, the isotope ratio will fall some way between the two values and hence adulteration will have been proved.” This clearly proves that most of the honey products that are claimed to be pure have corn syrup added to them.
As you probably know, this type of honey should not come from a factory but from bees. It has become such a rarity, although honey products are usually branded as ‘real’ or ‘organic.’
Test the purity of your honey at home
Store-bought honey products are usually diluted with either molasses or sugar syrup, which brings huge profit to the producers. You will not like this one for sure.
To boost the thickness of the honey, some will add to it flour, sand, sawdust or even ground chalk. In order to check the purity of honey at home, here’s what to do.
The Thumb Test:
Just put some honey on your thumb and check if it sticks or spills. Real honey should be sticky.
The water test
Add a tablespoon of honey to a glass of jar. Real honey will sink to the bottom while fake honey will dissolve instantly.
Original honey is flammable!
Take a dry matchstick and dip its tip right into the honey. Strike the stick on the matchbox and see if it lights. Real honey will give a bright flame that keeps burning. If you have bought fake honey, the match will not light because of all the moisture and impurities in the honey.
Add some water and 2-3 drops of vinegar essence into the honey and mix well. If the solution becomes foamy, that is definitely a fake honey.
Make a difference between real and fake honey
Do a few tests, and you will sure become an expert in examining the quality of your honey.
– Foams – Has a sour smell or doesn’t smell at all – Runny drips easily – Has a rough texture and clumps
– Separated into layers
– Never foams – Runs in a thick stream – It has a soft texture – Has the usual honey aroma
– Doesn’t separate in layers
Now that you know the properties of real honey, you will be never lured into buying artificial products. Fake honey has none of the benefits provided by real honey. It is just a factory preparation with no ‘goodness’ in it.
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