If you have gone organic, you probably give your best to get high-quality organic foods. This applies especially to the product that you use to improve your health, like honey, for instance.
But, do you know that the market is practically flooded with fake honey products?
There is no way to determine the purity of honey without buying it and examining its quality, and this article is all about the possible ways of testing honey at home, and helping you recognize fake honey in stores.
Manufactured honey is bad for you
Processed honey is deprived of its essential nutrients, and it has poor quality.
Honey is being ultra-filtered, as this step is supposed to stop the tracing of the geo source of the original honey, because usually it has poor quality, plus it is being illegally imported from China or India.
Professor Vaughn Bryant is an expert in this field, and he believes that 75% of the honey you buy has no pollen. However, we give you some handy tricks on how to make a difference between organic and factory produced honey.
Commonly known as adulterated impure which is often combined with sugar syrup, molasses, corn syrup, and other flavorings and additives.
It is a completely artificial product, and has nothing to do with real honey.
GHgeochem did a test, according to which, “If 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 means that the honey you buy from the supermarket is ‘enriched’ with corn syrup. Could you imagine such a thing?
Organic, raw honey is obtained far from factories. 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.
The desired thickness is achieved by adding flour, sand, sawdust or ground chalk. That is disgusting! Here is how to determine whether you have bought real honey:
The thumb test
Put a tiny bit of honey on your finger. Real honey sticks on the thumb rather than spilling.
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!
Dip a dry matchstick in your jar of honey. Strike one, 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 a tiny bit of water and 2-3 drops of vinegar to some honey. Fake honey foams easily.
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 easily
- Drips, and it is runny
- Is clumpy and has a rough texture
- Separates into layers easily
- Has no smell or resembles sour products
- Never foams
- Runs in a thick stream
- Has a soft texture
- Never separates
- Has the distinctive honey aroma
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.