More Than 75% of Honey Bought In Supermarkets Is Not Real Honey

More Than 75% of Honey Bought In Supermarkets Is Not Real Honey
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Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It boosts the immune system and acts as a powerful antioxidant. However, if you go to a US supermarket and buy a product labeled as honey, you most likely won’t receive any of the above benefits. This is because the crystal clear liquid they sell isn’t honey at all.

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What laboratory tests revealed

When Vaughn Bryant, professor of anthropology and director of Texas A&M’s Palynology Laboratory, tested dozens of ‘honey’ samples purchased at major US chains, he came to the shocking conclusion. Most of them had pollen removed. At the very least, this means that they had been heavily processed and had lost all of their health attributes.

76% of samples bought at stores like TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Soopers had all the pollen removed. But it gets worse. 100% of the honey sampled from drugstores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy had the pollen filtered out. And when you get honey packaged in the small individual service portions from Smucker, McDonald’s and KFC, you should be aware that it contains no pollen either.

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Filtered honey

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a product that has been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey. Moreover, the World Health Organization points out that without pollen there is no way to determine where the honey came from and whether it is safe.

It appears that a lot of the honey sold in North America comes from illegitimate sources in India and China. Analyses of such honey products have revealed that it is not uncommon to find illegal antibiotics, heavy metals, and other dangerous substances inside the so called honey. Not only is this ‘honey’ void of goodness, it can potentially be dangerous for your health. It might even be worse than table sugar.

Honey is being filtered and processed in order to please the average shopper who wants his or her honey to look clean and clear. But, what looks prettier and more appealing is not necessarily better for you. If honey is clear, transparent and easy flowing, that is a sign it has been pasteurized.

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If you want to experience the abundance of honey’s benefits, you need to go for the raw honey. Raw honey is unfiltered, therefore it is cloudier and contains particles, such as honeycomb parts, bee pollen and propolis, which are a part of the bees’ hardworking honey-making process. This is the honey you should be buying.

What you can do

Honey contains 80% natural sugars (mostly fructose and glucose), around 18% water and 2% minerals, vitamins, pollen and proteins. And that is all that should be inside of it.

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You need to visit farmers markets, local beekeepers, food cooperatives and natural shops, such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, to get honey of such quality. When this type of honey was tested by Dr. Vaughn Bryant, it passed the test with flying colors.

You then can have a look at my previous article to find out 13 ways to use honey for your health or how to use its antiseptic properties in these honey face masks. Using honey, and not just for eating, is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

Read my other articles about honey:
Delicious Honey & Cinnamon Weight Loss Drink
How to Combine Honey and Cinnamon for Great Health
Golden Honey Mixture – The Strongest Natural Antibiotic

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9 Responses to More Than 75% of Honey Bought In Supermarkets Is Not Real Honey

  1. Ranga says:

    where should we get pure honey ?

    • Jenny says:

      I’ve read in Wikihow that unless you live in the European Union or Florida, you may not be able to trust “pure honey” labels. They suggest several tests to get a good guess about whether or not your honey is pure, but this will not be very practical or convenient to do for every type of honey you buy. I guess the best thing to do is buy raw local honey directly from a trusted beekeeper if you can. As for commercial honey it will be very difficult to verify the purity of the label unless you test the honey as suggested in wikihow.

    • Astra says:

      YS Eco bee raw honey is great – it is an organic honey harvested with extreme care, 100% pure, natural, unpasteurized and unfiltered, fresh from healthy beehives. The results produce a superior, energy packed honey with the highest possible levels of live enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, healing agents as a functional whole food. certified organic bee farming bit.ly/ecorawhoney

  2. zeenish malik says:

    I want raw honey…

    • Astra says:

      YS Eco bee raw honey is great – it is an organic honey harvested with extreme care, 100% pure, natural, unpasteurized and unfiltered, fresh from healthy beehives. The results produce a superior, energy packed honey with the highest possible levels of live enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, healing agents as a functional whole food. certified organic bee farming bit.ly/ecorawhoney you get 5 or 10 $ discount on your first order

  3. so why is there not protection against false claims about the honey we buy ? I’ve depended on honey for the most part of my life…for my sugar gliders as well as myself…whose small systems are very vulnerable…this frightens AND angers me.

  4. Az says:

    Your claim is saying allhoney at trader joe and whole food is real honey? What gives you that authority? In fact if you claim other stores are not selling real honey how would you possibly know that as well? even buying honey from a beekeeper is no guarentee that your honey is real honey! I say this because I worked for beekeeper who hauled honey across the country bottled it and sold as his own harvested honey. Lots of fraud in the honey business, as they are not controlled. Beekeepers feed those bees sugar and high fructose corn surup to keep them alive and producing.

    • Jenny says:

      Please refer to my references at the end of the article. The honey tested from these places was found to be real honey.

  5. Joella says:

    The word “integrity” is non existent in Businesses now. I know it’s all about making money, but more and more we are offered crap. We need to say, “I am as mad as hell, and I am not going to take it anymore! No More Crap! Give us Real Food! You’re cheating us!

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