How to Buy REAL Honey ..and not the fake stuff being sold in many stores

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We hear about the health benefits of honey a great deal these days. We hear that honey is a superfood chock-full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other invaluable nutrients. We also hear that honey is a potentially-effective natural remedy for a variety of health complaints. But did you know that all honeys are not created equal? Proper discernment is critical when buying honey at the supermarket, so you know you’re getting the real thing. Here’s how to buy real honey, not the fake stuff being sold in many stores.

According to tests conducted in 2011 for Food Safety News, most honey available at grocery stores is not actually real honey. To conduct these tests, over sixty different kinds of honeys were purchased over ten states across the US, and then sent to Vaughn Bryant, director of the Palynology Research Laboratory in Gracefield, for analysis. The results were astonishing: basically, more than three-quarters of all the honey samples purchased at supermarkets had no remaining traces of pollen left, while every single organic honey and raw organic honey sample purchased from health food stores, co-ops, and farmers markets had its bee pollen content left intact. The conclusion is that bee pollen is, more often than not, completely filtered out of products calling themselves “honey”. Since bee pollen is the vital ingredient of honey that makes honey honey, there is now great debate over whether these products should be able to call themselves honey at all. These types of over-processed honeys have very little nutritional content and can potentially contain harmful contaminants, such as antibiotics.

Why is bee pollen so essential to honey? In general, bee pollen is essential to all of life. The male seed of flower blossoms, bee pollen consists of about 40 percent protein, nearly half of which is made up of pure amino acids that are easily assimilated by the human body. Many consider bee pollen to be the best natural source of wholly-nourishing food available to humans. Just a small amount of bee pollen contains almost all of the various nutrients that we need on a daily basis. Bee pollen is where most of honey’s nutrients lie, and when it is removed, it renders the remaining liquid virtually devoid of nutritional value. Over-filtered honey is merely a food sweetener. There’s also a health issue associated with bee pollen removal. There’s no way of identifying where the honey came from if it does not contain any pollen content. Pollen contains a specific blueprint that can point scientists to specific locations in the world where that particular honey was produced. Without pollen, it is impossible to locate the source of the honey, and therefore, impossible to know whether the honey is safe for consumption or not.

These studies indicate it’s best to stick with raw and organic honeys because they are not filtered or chemically interfered with in any way. Raw and organic honeys have legitimate sources and retain their original pollen content – therefore, they are much healthier to eat. This informative article on why it’s important to buy real honey and how to find real honey comes from the “Food Safety News” website, an educational website dedicated to informing the public of food safety issues that might not otherwise be making it into mainstream media. If you want the latest news on food recalls, food politics, and food safety, you will want to bookmark Food Safety News.*

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