Among other organic foods, people are buying organic honey as well, but the question is – is that honey real or fake? You cannot easily notice whether the honey is really honey or not without checking its purity. This article will show you how to do a simple test at home and find out if the honey you have just bought from the store is real.
Why’s industrial honey not healthy?
During the manufacturing process, the honey loses its quality and nutrients. In order to prevent the tracing of the geo source of the honey (usually with poor quality and imported from India or China), the honey industry uses ultrafiltration methods. Professor Vaughn Bryant claims that even 75% of the honey in the stores doesn’t contain pollen.
With the help of these simple tips, you will be able to recognize which honey is organic and which one is industrial.
What is fake honey?
Fake honey is also known as adulterated impure or artificial honey because sugar syrups, molasses, corn syrup and other flavors and additives are added in this honey. GHgeochem, has run some tests which showed: “If pure honey has been adulterated with corn syrup, the isotope ratio will fall some way between the two values and hence adulteration will have been proved.” According to this, the most of the “pure” honey products you buy contain corn syrup.
What is pure honey?
Organic honey, on the other hand, is not produced in factories. It is very difficult to find real organic honey on the market although many brands claim that their honey is real or organic honey.
Checking the honey purity at home
Naturalnigerian.com claims that most of the honey on the market is diluted with sugar syrup and molasses so the producer could double the profit. To make it thicker, they also use ground chalk, flour, sawdust and sand! Find out how to check the purity of honey:
The thumb test
Just put some honey on your thumb, and check if it sticks or spills- the real honey should be sticky.
The water test
After you fill an empty glass with water, add a tablespoon of honey. Fake honey is dissolved fast and the real honey drops to the bottom.
Real honey is flammable!
Place a dry match in the honey and then try to light it. If the match is lightening up easily, the honey is real as the real honey is flammable! If the match cannot burn, than the honey is not pure and contains impurities and water.
You can also add some water and 2-3 drops of vinegar in small amount of honey. If foam appears than the honey is fake.
How to tell the difference between real and fake honey
The physical qualities of the honey can help you in noticing the differences between real and fake honey.
Fake honey properties
- Has a sour smell or doesn’t smell at all
- Runny, drips easily
- Has a rough texture and clumps
- Separates into layers
Real honey properties
- Doesn’t foam
- Trickles in a stream and is always thick
- It has a soft texture
- Has the usual honey aroma
- Doesn’t separate in layers
Now, when you know the difference, pay more attention the next time you buy honey.