Honey is super-sweet, delicious and makes your food taste better. Next time, when you will go to a store, spend some time in the honey aisle questioning before making a decision whether you should buy a pricy quality, store-brand nectar in a plastic bottle or artisanal honey.
Food Safety News did a blazing investigation and found that more than 70% of the honey sold in grocery stores is treated with “ultra-filtration,” a process that removes impurities as well as pollen traces from honey. They investigated taking all manufactures into consideration and revealed generic brands are the most likely to be ultra-filtered and the ultra-filtration brings different health concerning issues.
For example, pollen and other impurities are actually good for health that makes honey a much better choice than sugar to folks. But ultra-filtration practice does not bring many important health benefits in honey. The worse thing is, you are buying this expensive thing, but it does not contribute at all to improve your health-life.
Ultra-filtered honey is frequently used to mask shady origins, particularly Chinese honey, subjected to heavy import tariffs because of the infectivity with heavy metals and illegal antibiotics. Chinese ultra-filtered honey ships it through byzantine paths and put the goods on stores’ shelves without any tariffs.
Experts say the ultra-filtration should be avoided mostly because the pollen is the only way to trace the source of the honey and its location. Honey sample that collected from stores was sent to a premier melissopalynologist and professor at Texas A&M University for test. Professor Vaughn originated that more than three fourths of the honey had no pollen, which means the honey was unsafe and unidentifiable.
But his testing demonstrated that honey from co-ops, farmers markets and stores had the full amount of original pollen. Many have shown their concerns to the FDA and demanding to stop adulterated and smuggled honey from standing on the grocery shelves. The EU changed the labeling regulations and required that honey containers should added “pollen” as an ingredient.
You should know about nutrients value of real honey, one ounce of raw honey contains 16 minerals, 18 amino acids, 20 vitamins and bags of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Honey is highly nutritious and has muscular antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial components. Raw honey is filled with momentous amounts of C, B2, B3, B5, B6, phosphate, calcium, chlorine, sodium, sulphur, potassium and magnesium.
No doubt, you would like to get the right thing against your price. So if you want to make sure that you are buying the quality honey, you should buy honey from natural food stores or trusted marketers, because FSN found that there is hardly any ultra-filtered honey in these places.
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