We’ve all heard the good news about using honey as a natural alternative for many health problems. But in some cases, what you buy in the store is pure worthless junk.
Honey has many powerful health benefits. Which includes:
- Antibacterial properties
- Antioxidant properties
- Is Anti-fungal
- Helps fight infections (used in burn units)
- Anti-allergenic properties
- Helps restful sleeping (Especially in combination with milk)
- Helps alleviate pain in burn victims
Not All Honey Is Real Honey
Mass-produced honey that’s being sold in supermarkets is often lacking real pollen. It's artificially processed and is mostly coming from China. Honey that doesn’t have pollen isn't honey! It's literally just a watered-down, super sweet. Sticky substance.
To create this fake honey, they use a process called ultra filtering: they heat the honey, then water it down before pressuring it through small filters to remove the pollen.
Not too long ago, investigators found dangerous Indian honey in U.S. grocery stores. This honey was contaminated with heavy metals and antibiotics and was already banned in Europe. This Indian honey was lacking pollen as well.
To follow up and continue checking on the honey quality, the Food Safety News tested the honey sold around the U.S. at various outlets. They conducted their investigation throughout 10 states, buying 60 different kinds of jars and other containers of honey.
The results were SHOCKING!
- 100% of honey collected at pharmacies had all pollen removed.
- 76% of honey collected at supermarkets had all pollen removed.
- 77% of honey collected at big box stores had all pollen removed.
- 100% of small, individual packs of honey collected at fast-food restaurants had all pollen removed.
- BUT: 100% of honey collected at farmer’s markets, natural grocery stores. Co-ops had the FULL pollen content and was real, quality honey.
What you can do to insure you buy real, good-quality honey?
The best option is to buy your honey at a farmer’s market from a local, trusted beekeeper and honey maker. Get in a conversation with him or her, beekeepers usually love to share all their secrets. The second best option is to buy it at your local natural health food store or co-op.
You may also order good-quality honey online at online health food stores. If you buy honey at a regular supermarket, read the labels. Check where the honey is coming from. Look for raw organic varieties, preferably in the ‘natural food’ aisle.
How To Use REAL Honey
Add honey to your oatmeal, granola. Fruit salads. Add a tablespoon or two of honey to your green smoothie or green juice. Sweeten your tea or chai with honey. Use honey instead of syrup on your pancakes and waffles. Use honey as a natural sweetener in your raw desserts and baked goods. What's your favourite way to use honey? Share below, we'd love to hear your tips and recipes! So next time you go shopping for honey, you might want to check the label.