We all know that honey has a lot of health benefits, which is mainly due to the large number of vitamins and minerals that it contains. However, this is only true in pure honey and a lot of what you find at the supermarket is not pure honey.
A lot of times, honey is mixed with glucose solutions or other honey with a high amount of water. This process is called being adulterated and it takes away from the health benefits that you receive from home. So, how can you tell if your honey is pure? Today we will discuss just that.
1. Solidification of the Honey
Take a look at the bottle and see what the honey inside of it looks like. Overtime, all honey will crystallize into something looking like granulated sugar. If it is crystallized in the store, this is pure honey. If it is liquid, you could wait to see if it solidifies. Putting it in the refrigerator will speed up that process. If your honey never turns into crystals, then it is likely that you do not have pure honey on your hands.
2. Read the Label
Before you purchase any products, you should always learn to read labels. Make sure that the ingredient list of the honey does not contain high-fructose corn syrup or glucose. These are two substances that are usually added to honey that keep it from solidifying. Companies also add this to the honey so that they get more honey out of their batch.
3. Test It
There are other ways to test to see if your honey is pure:
Mix some honey with water, then add four or five drops of vinegar. If the liquid turns foamy, that is not pure honey. It may have a substance called gypsum added to it.
Mix a tablespoon of honey with water. If the honey dissolves easily, it is not pure, as pure honey should remain intact when dipped into water.
Use a match to try and burn the honey, as pure honey will light up and burn due to the sugar content. Other low-quality honey usually contains water that will prevent it from lighting and burning.
Put some honey onto a spoon and hold it up. If the honey falls quickly, then this is not pure honey. Good quality, pure honey, will stay on the spoon or fall ever so slowly.
Use a small piece of old, stale bread and put it in honey. Leave it in for ten minutes and then pull it out of the honey. If the bread is still hard, then you have pure honey. If the honey has added water, the bread will be soggy.
You can also use iodine to identify impure honey. Just mix honey, water and a few drops of iodine. If the mixture turns blue, then the honey has some sort of added flour or starch in it.
Testing your honey will ensure that you have pure, unadulterated honey that will provide you with the health benefits of honey that you know of and care about. Do you buy honey often? Did you know that honey can be tampered with by manufacturer’s to better meet their bottom line, rather than your health? Sound off in our comment section to continue this discussion.
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honey too!!!..EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL HAS ALL KINDS OF GARBAGE IN IT TOO.ALONG WITH INSECTICIDES IN VEGGIES,GROWTH HORMONES AND NITRATES IN MEAT ,BLOOD AND PUSS IN OUR MILK!!! THESE BASTARDS LIVE IN MANSIONS WHITH THE MONEY WE PAY THEM BECAUSE WE TRUST THEIR INTEGRITY WHEN THEY PRINT DESCRIPTIONS ON THE LABEL..THE WORST OF ALL BASTARDS ARE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND ESPECIALLY THE LEADER THAT KNOWS AND ALLOWS THEM IN THE COUNTRY IN ORDER TO POISON ITHE VERY PEOPLE THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM AND GOT HIM ELECTED!! THATS WHY I DON'T MIND IF THE WHOLE GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM FALLS!! FOOD AMONG MANY MORE INJUSTICES IS ALSO WHY..IT SHOULD.
I just got some Sapimiel sunflower honey that is amazing. It looks like spun gold. Very thick and tastes so different than the clover honey I have been using. I love it when honey crystallizes, it makes it so much easier to spread on toast.
Crystalizing, this process can take a few months, to MANY YEARS.. not a practical test, some of the sweetest honey may never crystalize, that doesn't mean it's not honey, just different nectar... and sugar water fed to my bees last summer is in the hive for winter feed is crystalizing, some isn't, and I KNOW it's PURELY ADULTERATED
Label, if it has ANY ingredient besides HONEY, it's adulterated.. Pollen, wax, legs and wings are not listed on the ingredients
GYPSUM in honey??? you do realize gypsum powder is similar to plaster, Gypsum board is also known as Sheet Rock, for your walls... I do understand a few meads (HONEY WINE) are made with a bit of Gypsum but not sure why
McDonalds had HONEY for nuggets, it was PURE honey from SUE BEE HONEY, the largest honey producers in the country, but if you get honey from KFC, they actually call it honey SAUCE, nasty
You want to bee sure, go find a beekeeper in your area, and buy honey from them, they may even give you a education in the Apiary.. Another way, buy COMB HONEY, it's pure, and still sealed by the bees
The CHEAPEST SHIT IS CORN SYRUP! IF ITS LIKE 1.75 EURO, it’s fake. ITS 4-20 Euro, it’s more likely real honey.WE DEMOLISH A LOT OF REAL HONEY IN MY FAMILY!COST ME A FORTUNE BUT I THINK HEALTH COMES FIRST NOT CANCER
I always buy honey from rural area where they harvested but when i tested it always falls quickly but when i try to fire on stick it fires, and also the ants is my problem when i leave outside refrege. I consumed honey more than 5years and buy different seller of wildhoney like color, texture, taste. I think only in the lab that we can prove it is pure or not.
Apparently most of the honey we buy in grocery stores is not pure honey. It is ridiculous now that bees are dying at such an alarming rate now that they cannot keep up supply and demand. It has gotten to the point where the makers of the honey have to put additives in it to make more volume and put profit over consumers ignorance.
my advice to u guys is,never consider these tips 100 % correct unless u check it for urself because there is quality variation in natural honey,i hav been using honey since childhood,
i will advise that whenever u want honey get it from shepherds,locals in villages,go visit the people living in the woody and foresty areas and ask them,mountains have got best honey.
Never buy honey from commercial sources,this is what i think for myself nd for u as well.
All what i said was for the benefit of fellow humans nd not to hurt someone's emotions or any buisness interests.thank u.
There are several ways of playing trick. Adding sugar or syrup are not the only ones. Experienced bee keepres put sugar solutions near bee hives and let bee suck up sugar and prepare honey that contains zero pollens. That is also called pure honey, technically speaking. However, it does not contain any pollen at all and also do not have any health benefits. These tests are good for testing if there are additives after harvesting honey. Sugar feeding can not be determined by these methods. You need to check the pollen content.
+Natural Cures Have you ever run into this situation? You try to squeeze a little honey into your tea, and you discover it won't come out of the jar? I'm
one of those girlies who absolutely loves honey! Since I'm blind, I usually buy my honey in those little honeybears. One day, about two or three months after I bought a jar of honey, I went to put some honey in my Maltomeal hot wheat
cereal, and my first reaction was, "Oh my stars! The honey's spoiled!". Did it
actually spoil? I'm confused on this one, because it was completely solid! The
other day, my mom and I made a honey
frosting, and we used the same honey. However, she made a mistake. She put it in
the microwave, and even though it was only for 10 seconds, the microwave
suddenly started to smell like something burning. Even though the jar is
plastic, Mom didn't realize that there's a piece of metal foil on the label. I
think that's what may have caused the burning smoky smell in the microwave. That
night, I was so afraid to make my dinner in the microwave, as I was worried it
would blow up! So mom literally had to disinfect the whole inside of the
microwave the next day! I wonder, what would you recommend to preserve honey? Is
there a specific kind of jar you would recommend for me to store it
in? I would want one that wouldn't shatter if accidentally knocked over. That would certainly be a sticky mess in the cupboard!
back from langedouc FRANCE. had brought 2 kg of honey from a bee keeper. IT WAS supposed to be a pressie SORRY there getting CALVODOS now. the honey stays with me . now that i know the true facts of chinese fake honey dumping.
something i never even realised ? chinese flooded the market so much with there FAKE honey they have captured 76% OF all GROCERY MARKET SALES name of large company is meaningless. as they are also duped. just buy from beekeepers farmers etc. OR simply resign yourself to the chemicly treated chinese knockoff.
there are different between Pure Honey(Farm), Raw Honey(Farm) and Wild Raw Honey.
wild raw honey is the best and some of the information in this clip is not TRUE.
-- Pure Honey is known as adulterated honey. the honey are filtered, processed and preheated. that is why the honey becomes thicker due to the preheating process.
-- Wild Raw Honey(A.Dorsata) contains the most highest water percentage(20% - 24%) due to the nests are mainly built in exposed places.
Teng tcy yeah true i visited my province...i helped from harvesting wild raw honey to extracting until i bought it from them....
The honey is not that thick
The only thing that i can agreed wuth this video is that it will crystallized
zbadouraly71 For the U.S., the only type of honey I know of that doesn't tend to crystallize (in it's pure form) is Tupelo honey which has a slightly greenish cast to it. It's main region of production is the swampy panhandle area of Florida. BTW, it's mainly Americans that like their honey in liquid form. More of Europe tend to like crystallized honey spread, more.
glen Mann I have a crop of very dark honey that you'd swear has molasses in it - even by it's taste - BUT it doesn't. I know, because I'm the beekeeper (25 yrs) that put it up! Buckwheat tends to make very dark honey & Fall (Autumn) nectar sources tend to make darker honey than Spring or Summer nectar sources. There's not a year that goes by, that the bees don't teach me something about nature. (I have yet to figure out what the ladies got into, to make this dark, molasses-tasting honey!)
honey helps DNA. scum parasites, archons, have been killing bees, flowers, & trees with a vengeance via pesticides, neonicotinoids, ddt, & crop dusting the populace under the guise of killing mosquitos for nikka virus [which they manufacturered.] rEvolution now. Disclosure now. plant flowers. buy beehives
Frank C Nope; it's just that Americans like "liquid" honey. Most of Europe likes their honey crystallized - to be more like a spread. They even have a process to introduce crystallization into liquid honey.
Thank you for that valuable information. I read in one of Helga Clark's books on healing all diseases that her lab tests of most vitamins prove them to be chemically tampered with or poisoned. The drug companies do not want us looking to nutrition for our health needs.
Let me add that you can TEST foods, drugs, medications or any other thing by MUSCLE TESTING it to see how good it is for you. When I test foods, i can also test it for how good it tastes. I teach it to people to give them control over their own health, but have been amazed at how few take advantage or even want to take the time to learn. There is a scientific name for muscle testing if i can spell it right. biokineseology.
In reading some of the other comments after I submitted mine, One of the things you want to do is get your honey as local as you can, at least from your state, that way the bees are collecting local pollen and it has more benefits for you also rather than getting honey from out of the state or country…jc
Gussy Gatlin While there's no absolute proof that local honey is better for you, the empirical evidence might suggest that grains of pollen present in LOCAL raw honey would be better than honey brought in from greater distances away. (To the extent that local pollen residue, present in raw honey, is beneficial to fight against allergies... I happen to believe there's something to this). Been a honeybee steward for twenty-five years.
thanks for that information i baught. some hony in south America & some in florida it was store the same way the one from florida is still runing. while the south america honey become very hard crystal
Real pure honey none cooked can crystallize, most types of pure natural honey will do exactly this but some types will need 2 years for that to even recognize a crystallization process. It really depends on the plants the bees used to make the honey.
But if it does never crystallize it might be possible that this is not pure honey or it is cooked to much.
well then maybe we need to ask whats your definition of pure honey... in my experience half of the beekeepers i've talked to through out the years have said that the other half of beekeepers i've talked too don't know shit.... no seriously you beekeepers is always calling out each other, anyways i'm not a beekeeper, i don't want to be one, i just want pure high quality honey!!!
now here is what i can say any store bought honey that does crystallize (which is most of them, if not all of em) isn't real honey as it doesn't pass the ants test... all i learnt about honey is from a medical doctor (not from beekeepers who can't agree on shit other than how to farm bees)...
1) real pure honey doesn't go bad, it has a indefinite shelf life.. (so you don't have to add stuff to pure honey to make it last longer)
2) real pure honey can't age... (you got aged meats, cheeses, other foods, wine, whiskey, etc.. BUT pure honey can't age)
3) if you diabetic (type2), you can consume as much honey as a non diabetic and it'll not kill you...
4) honey taste good and is healthy but its no miracle cure for anything... (bee venom however is being used in cancer research)...
5) real pure honey should never crystallize.. now here is the thing, honey back in the early days of medicine would've been used to help heal wounds by keeping bacteria out, if honey was to crystallize then the next time you would've changed bandages the doctor would also have to saw off your limb... even now if a doctor had a cheap and pure supply of honey they would use it for medical reasons...
lina omar Actually, it's just the opposite of this comment. If the honey crystallizes (which the cold helps speed up), then it's pure honey. Honey is adulterated in order to keep it from crystallizing, thus increasing "shelf life." Only pure Tupelo honey (slight greenish cast) doesn't tend to naturally crystallize. Me: beekeeper, 25 years.
There are many things that they can use to adulterate the honey. If they put sugar in the honey, I think that it could crystallize. But if they add water or put corn syrup it would not. I buy honey from the Sioux Honey Association made in the USA or from a trusted local beekeeper.
I would trust the honey i can buy in the supermarket much more, because in my country the honey is tested and has strict controls.
A local bee-keeper, especially if he is not a member of a honey association and sells his honey privately isn't controlled at all.
Your conditions in your country might differ, but how can you make sure, that he won't betray you?
Why is some honey totally opaque and cannot be poured? I bought honey like that in Italy and it tastes good, but I did not know why it had that solid consistency. Also, is manuka honey the best you can get?
Opik, not necessarily true... simple sugars are already mostly processed by the bees, and allow them to be handled easier by the body.. like people allergic carry epi pens, diabetics carry GLUCOSE..it is something that needs to be gone over with your dr
Ai look fr honey from those who are bee farmers. There I know they have pure Hun. I have asked in the PST to observe the process that they have to make sure it's ready for consumption. It's an amazing process and there's no water or my additives. Plus the high price indicates this as well these farmers have all kinds in information available. It's smells and tastes so different from nothing you buy the stores. Bee farmers are very proud of the products that the can get from there bees and can answer any question you have for them. You can see the pride in their faces as they speak.
Mr Patel...I`m in LA,haha.Find some little old lady(or man),who has been keeping bees all their lives and get some propolis,royal jelly and bee pollen....and of course honey while you`re there.
I used to get my honey from an amazing old man in his nineties,he was as fit as a fiddle,even with his little pot-honey-belly.I moved away,but reckon he lived to be well over 100yrs.Remember that bee keepers keep the best product for themselves until you become mates with them,then they`ll share a little with you if you`re lucky.The stories of ancient bee keepers worldwide is fascinating,I love the stories from Russia.
Propolis changed my life...I`d go as far as to claim it saved it!
Images from LA...they have bees in the Amazon??!