By Alberto Díaz Pinto
However, a recent study has shown that a high percentage of the honey sold to us in supermarkets and other centers is altered, so we would not be enjoying its incredible properties.
Pure honey is one of the most nutritious and beneficial foods out there, but it might not actually be as good as we think
That's because 76% of commercialized honeys have been "ultra-filtered" to remove impurities and all pollen, according to a study by Vaughn Bryant, a professor at Texas A&M University and one of the best specialists in palynology. , a discipline that studies pollen and spores
It is precisely these impurities that make honey a good food for us. Ultrafiltered honey lacks many vitamins, amino acids, and minerals, as well as its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
“I don't know of any honey producer who would like to do this. Removing all pollen can only be achieved through ultra filtration, a process that only costs money and lowers the quality of the honey. In my opinion, these honeys were produced illegally and the pollen has been removed so that its origin cannot be traced."Says Mark Jensen, President of the American Association of Honey Producers
And it is that from Asia ultra-filtered honeys are being commercialized to hide their origin. This comes after it was discovered that some of these honeys contained illegal antibiotics and were contaminated with heavy metals that could have serious health effects, and also to erase any evidence that they were illegally produced.
So how can we identify whether a honey is pure?
According to the permaculturenews page, there are 4 ways to identify whether or not a honey is pure:
- The thumb test. Put a drop of honey on your thumb. If it drips or falls to the side, the honey is not pure. If it remains intact, it is.
- The water test. Fill a glass with water and pour a tablespoon of honey into it. The pure honey will remain practically intact and will soak to the bottom of the glass. The altered honey will dissolve.
- The shelf test. Pure honey will crystallize over time, while altered honey will continue to look like liquid syrup, no matter how long it stays in your pantry.
- The kitchen paper test. If you pour some honey on a piece of kitchen paper and it leaves a wet stain, the honey is altered and water has been added. If it is pure, it will not leave a stain. The problem with this trick is that honeys that have been diluted in syrups or sugary syrups will not stain either.
According to the results compiled by Bryant in his study, those honeys that came from local farmers markets, “health food” stores or cooperatives, kept their normal pollen levels intact. He also noted that unaltered honeys were more likely to be found when they were labeled organic.
I hope this information has been of great use to you and that the next time you buy a jar of honey, you will know if they are kidding you.
Via: boredomtherapy, permaculturenews