Honey is a powerful food. It is Antibacterial, Antifungal, Full of antioxidants, Fights infections, Helps with allergies, Provides lots of energy and Helps with sleep.
Honey is real, nutritious and delicious. Hungary is well-known for its good-quality honey and back then, there were no fake alternatives on the market.
Most of the honey being sold is actually not honey. Mass produced honey that’s being sold in supermarkets is often lacking real pollen. It is artificially processed and is mostly coming from China. Honey that doesn’t have pollen is not honey! It is literally just a watered-down, super sweet and sticky substance.
To create this fake honey, they use a process called ultra filtering: they heat the honey, then water it down before pressuring it through small filters to remove the pollen.
To follow up and continue checking on the honey quality, the Food Safety News tested the honey sold around the U.S. at various outlets. They conducted their investigation throughout 10 states, buying 60 different kinds of jars and other containers of honey. The results were :
• 100% of honey collected at pharmacies had all pollen removed.
• 76% of honey collected at supermarkets had all pollen removed.
• 77% of honey collected at big box stores had all pollen removed.
• 100% of small, individual packs of honey collected at fast food restaurants had all pollen removed.
• But: 100% of honey collected at farmer’s markets, natural grocery stores and co-ops had the full pollen content and was real, quality honey.
What you can do to ensure you buy real, good-quality honey?
• The best option is to buy your honey at a farmer’s market from a local, trusted beekeeper and honey maker. Get in a conversation with him or her, beekeepers usually love to share all their secrets.
• The second best option is to buy it at your local natural health food store or co-op.
• You may also order good quality honey online at online health food stores.
• If you buy honey at a regular supermarket, read the labels. Check where the honey is coming from. Look for raw organic varieties, preferably in the ‘natural food’ aisle.
How to Use Real Honey
• Add honey to your oatmeal, granola and fruit salads.
• Add a tablespoon or two of honey to your green smoothie or green juice.
• Sweeten your tea or chai with honey.
• Use honey instead of syrup on your pancakes and waffles.
• Use honey as a natural sweetener in your raw desserts and baked goods.