Spotting Real Honey from Fake: Why Does it Matter?
Raw honey is a potent superfood that comes untouched from the beehive. In this state, honey is rich in nutrients, enzymes and medicinal compounds that give it its widely known and acknowledged antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
There are some misconceptions about honey in the traditional nutrition and medical field, although much of the recent research highlights the amazing benefits of natural honey. In a 2004 study, natural honey was shown to reduce blood glucose levels, inflammation markers and blood lipids in healthy, diabetic and hyperlipidemic subjects, when compared with dextrose and sucrose.
But, is all honey created equal?
Originally, probably yes, but raw honey is quite different from the pasteurized version. Watch this eye-opening video to understand why that matters! We promise it will be worth it.
So to be able to benefit from any of these benefits, you really need to make sure you are getting the right honey!
According to Food Safety News, more than three-fourths of the honey sold in the United States isn’t exactly what the bees produce. The results of a series of testing showed that the pollen is being filtered out of products labelled “honey”. Other investigations done by Food Safety News also showed that the US markets were flooded with certain Indian honey that was banned from being sold in Europe because it was contaminated with antibiotics, heavy metals, and contained no pollen.
So, how do you spot the good honey from the bad?
First, it is important to check the label. Pure honey only has one ingredient, honey!
Second, keep in mind that price is a factor too. If it is too cheap, then it is probably adulterated.
Finally, there are some easy and convincing tests that will help you tell the difference. Watch this video for a quick tutorial.