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3 Tests to Check if Your Honey is Pure or Fake

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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. Disclaimer: The materials and the information contained on Natural Cures channel are provided for general and educational purposes only and do not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Images licensed under CC: www.pixabay.com www.flickr.com www.pexels.com en.wikipedia.org commons.wikimedia.org www.publicdomainpictures.net Some images downloaded from shutterstock.com.
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David Hynes (20 days ago)
My honey was crystallizing and I thought it was strange, glad see the local label doesn't lie. I guess I was used to fake honey.
Pepe Lepew (20 days ago)
I testing right away! Brand LOCAL HIVE Authentic CLover LR. RICE LLC Greeley, CO 80631, EST 1924 www;localhivehoney.com... fortunately only 16oz (plastic bottle)... Result: FAKE a LOT OF WATER: it does not burn, and very liquid. BEWARE
Hesham Elshipli (1 month ago)
In a National Geographic documentary,the beer smashed bee colony.The honey had no color and not solid like water !
arbanaskocudo (2 months ago)
I just bought a jar of honey full of crystals almost to the top. If i find crystalized honey in supermarket i allways buy it
vincem1957 (2 months ago)
Marilyn Barker (2 months ago)
What about bee keepers who feed sugar to their bees?? I’ve heard of this, is it true??
Hammed Oladimeji (3 months ago)
Pls I have a honey that's has something like its gaseous on top,how pure is this honey thanks
bluefox venus (3 months ago)
but if the label says 100% pure honey guaranteed ? and in the ingredients it is stated only honey? like this is not enough so we have to do tests!? i don't get it
Aswin das (3 months ago)
Spelling mistake of 'honey' as 'home' @ 0:26 !.
Keithava (3 months ago)
I use Sue Bee Honey, love it.
Analyn Salva (4 months ago)
it's difficult for me to know the pure honey.only i knew the best honey called is ur love one 😜
drummarr61 (4 months ago)
It's a simple solution. Only buy Australian Honey. Only country on Earth that has laws Prohibiting adulteration of Honey.
natalie hidalgo (4 months ago)
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.
X Knowledge For Everyone (5 months ago)
good to know it and thanks
MaddSweetGT500 (5 months ago)
I been looking for a match all day since watching this video.
Siasha Faruqii (5 months ago)
My honey is pure....wohoooooo😃😃😃😃😃
Dianna Boykin (5 months ago)
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
syaoran101 (5 months ago)
they said that honey doesn't expire so if the label shows an expiration date then that is not real or pure honey
Aporna Masud (5 months ago)
I eat Dabour honey Is it good brand ??
Ryan Abunan (5 months ago)
Much better if you explain with video tutorial
Jamal Afzal (5 months ago)
I’m wild honey harvester.nice information
Cwsing 7 (6 months ago)
billy watkins (7 months ago)
OK. let's start naming names. If you find a brand of honey that is NOT pure call them out. eventually we can get rid of the fakes. If you can't sell a product, you go out of business.
Jasbir s (7 months ago)
I had heard from my elders that honey has no expiry date. There were urns of honey found in pyramids, a thousand year old. This is pure honey. Now this I have not confirmed thru google.
losermons (7 months ago)
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.
Cat 52 (7 months ago)
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.
Aliv Khan (8 months ago)
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.
owen waith (9 months ago)
people are selling garbage and take peoples money and its not against the law seems like what beautiful government we have
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rmyc (9 months ago)
These tips are wrong I have expensive imported honey, I store it in the fridge and it never crystallizes
Sadauki Sadiq (10 months ago)
What a marvelous video, thanks a lot.
Jumpoff A (10 months ago)
Thanks for the info. I didn't know that honey could become less than pure.
ZCMBeliever (11 months ago)
There are different good quality pure honey that does not solidify and it's always running so this criterion is wrong
topaz5858 (11 months ago)
Eliza V. Vrlik (11 months ago)
Weeks ago we got home made honey and it sure is good
mehmetyucesoy2007 (11 months ago)
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.
Sarkie Sarkie (1 year ago)
Thank you very much for this video
Oluwaseyi Bale (1 year ago)
Awesome! Thank you.
SYMO SYED (1 year ago)
frankbravura (1 year ago)
The only guaranteed way to check the purity of honey is through a lab test.
Jasiel C (1 year ago)
I did the some tests and seems like my honey is pure. i Buy a brand called Krasdale Honey Clover. Do you know if this brand is trustworthy?
MsAussie83 (1 year ago)
+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!
mrmet15 (1 year ago)
I buy my honey at the farmers market from bee keepers
Abdullah AlGahtani (6 months ago)
mrmet15 How is that helpful to us?! So, please, do few of the tests and inform us. I tested 2 brands and neither caught fire?!
1990pommie (1 year ago)
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.
1990pommie (1 year ago)
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.
Meganite03 (1 year ago)
The way I test is I just go to the local farmer's market and get the darkest kind of honey. Raw/Unfiltered is the best.
Anynymous (1 year ago)
These are good tips for checking honey. I think honey sold in the brand name Langnese Honey is impure.....please tell me if this is the case?
Aijad Ali (1 year ago)
thanks you for nice information
Mary France Bolalin (1 year ago)
thank you for the info
Remedies for Health (1 year ago)
Excellent video
B Blessed (1 year ago)
like this one wonderful info thank you
jim rai (1 year ago)
my thumbs up to you.this is what I was looking for.
Teng tcy (1 year ago)
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. eg. -- 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.
On Looker (7 months ago)
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
catherine fahy (1 year ago)
nothing is sacred anymore
All News-Network (24 days ago)
Poop or pope all the same when talking pope, Anyway... Never was sacred and never will be. !! Truth.
Rattus Norvegicus (3 months ago)
Not even the Pope? ;)
Hot Sauce (1 year ago)
2:24 I think is the best way to test if it's pure honey. I don't know if it's true or not but if it is and you can use iodine to test honey, I test it every time I try a new brand of honey.
Mike LoFi (1 year ago)
I bought honey labelled 'pure' and the only ingredient listed was 'honey,' but it was not pure and failed the tests! The company who bottled it was not honest!
zbadouraly71 (1 year ago)
hello r u sure that all types of pure honey gets crystallized as u said ??? isn t it according to region.weather.flower n enviroment ???
Larry Farris (1 year ago)
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 (1 year ago)
I bought 2 jars of raw dark avocado honey from a local farm stand but I swear it has molasses in it can't wait to get home and test it thankz
Larry Farris (1 year ago)
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 made from fir (in Greece) never crystallize, because it contains 50% less sugars and is the best of all honeys and ideal for diabetics.
Marriet Visser (1 year ago)
tx !
Colin Bergen (1 year ago)
great info
Daniel Pollak (1 year ago)
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 (1 year ago)
I thought when honey was hard it was a bad thing. Who would have known, talk about false advertisement.
Larry Farris (1 year ago)
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.
George Shaver (1 year ago)
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.
George Shaver (1 year ago)
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.
Jeff Clark (1 year ago)
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
Jeff Clark (1 year ago)
I also watch what name they put on honey, four instance KFC has a little packets of honey, it used to be real honey but now they call it honey sauce…jc
Gussy Gatlin (1 year ago)
I heard LOCAL is the most beneficial when buying real honey.
Larry Farris (1 year ago)
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.
Eliot Francis (1 year ago)
Excellent video, Thanks for posting.
EC Lim (1 year ago)
commercial honey can't be trusted. I only buy wild honey from Northern Thailand.
Judith Chandler (3 months ago)
I buy unlabeled honey in old liquor bottles from Thailand as well but is so sweet I wonder if has sugar added. I will do the test.
Drewsumbody (1 year ago)
I just got the best honey in the world from the country in puerto rico.. I never liked honey and it is definitely PURE honey.. WOWOWOWOOWOW HOLLA AT ME IF YOU WANT A BOTTLE $12 EACH plus shipping
P. Scott Hamilton (1 year ago)
I trust the label that calls it "pure honey". Am I being naive?
DILIP KUMAR Dutta (1 year ago)
i have tried for many varieties but Baidyanath brand is the best
Dil Navas (1 year ago)
Many ways to find the purity of honey?
A Doozer (1 year ago)
Salem, donate blood regularly and take rice bran daily, your condition will go away after about 10 months.
Belma Palavra (1 year ago)
Don't buy in store. Buy from farmer...
Carol Norton (1 year ago)
# TWO is "read the label".................................wtf?
Cbmech (1 year ago)
Buy from a local producer
Abdiqayum Mohamed (1 year ago)
I used to buy honey at the supermarkets but i stoped it when i found out its not pure. Now for the last 6 years i buy it from my local farmers. 3 liters cost 35 dollars. Never buy it from supermarket
myartinjon (1 year ago)
If you add sucrose (Table sugar) to honey or honey bees be fed with white sugar , honey produced in process could crystallize as well, you may consider other ways to detect for .honey purity.
Patrycja Wasilewska (1 year ago)
Oh my god I love your channel so much!
sheila basdeo (1 year ago)
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
lina omar (1 year ago)
try put honey in the freezer,if it turns hard than it is not pure
OpenGL4ever (4 months ago)
@dunnhillsupramk3 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.
dunhillsupramk3 (6 months ago)
@Larry Farris 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...
Larry Farris (1 year ago)
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.
Ahmed Zakir (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing this info
Jeremy C (1 year ago)
Tupelo honey does not solidify into crystals and is real honey.
Nadou Luv (1 year ago)
wow thanks for sharing I thought when it turned to sugar it's fake honey
AA BP (1 year ago)
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.
Qunaaq Steenholdt (1 year ago)
I only buy if the label says raw honey, unpasteurized and unfiltered...
Nouman Khan Khan (1 year ago)
I smell honey and I tell you at the moment this honey pure or fake
FOREVER LIVING (10 months ago)
Nouman Khan Khan i have world best quality natural bee honey 💯 pure
doogcat (1 year ago)
I love honey the only food that has no bacteria
Jackie Robinson (1 year ago)
I don't think that pure honey shouldn't have an expiration date. the pure honey I've have had crystallized, the labels at the store just say 100% natural pure honey this test will be very helpful
Sheree Morgan (1 year ago)
So many brands in stores are fakes. Olive oil companies, are being sued for fraud also. All because of greed!
Cedarsable 101 (1 year ago)
Thanks cause I buy in cheap stores, I'm happy to know the brand I'm using is good for the value
The Best Bodybuilder (1 year ago)
inform me about the best company of honey?
Char Shark (1 year ago)
Lol the narrator reminds me of Sigourney Weaver
71Nellie (1 year ago)
That's why I only buy local honey. It may cost a bit more but I know where it comes from!!
Dan Joe (3 months ago)
Too true brother always buy expensive food it pays off to really look after your diet
OpenGL4ever (4 months ago)
@71Nellie 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?
dunhillsupramk3 (6 months ago)
even local honey they'll mix it with sugar and water.... always test your honey to see if its pure...
Qurat ul ain Saeed (1 year ago)
well I heard and seen if a honey get crystalline then it is not pure as sugar or glucose is added to it...this is confusing!
Marvi Marv (1 year ago)
Excellent video. Very Helpful to a lot of people on this planet.
Alex Waweru wa Kimani (1 year ago)
I Keep Honey bees just 4 Hives (The Kenya Top Bar Hive) and i harvest for own consumption and sell the rest. I did not know this as i do not buy honey but this is important information
DKII (6 months ago)
Waweru wa Kimani does your honey crystallize? ...if you leave it outside will the ants consume the honey?
kulas Gonzaga (1 year ago)
now i've discovered that the honey i bought is not pure....so sad to know...
TheOrganiclady (1 year ago)
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?
Diana Alli (1 year ago)
Very informative thank u. I always have honey in the home will definitely do these tests

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