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