The next time you’re in front of the different types of honey at the supermarket, and you’re hesitating between homemade honey and synthetic honey in a bear-shaped plastic packaging and a bit cheaper, you’ll think more to the intrinsic quality of the product …
In fact, a Food Safety News survey of honey sold in supermarkets reveals that 76% of honey confections sold in stores have received “ultra-refinery” treatment that removes not only impurities such as wax, but also any trace of pollen. And of the brands sold in supermarkets, most are very likely to be overfilled.
This excess of filtration poses some problems. Many people think that pollen and all the other so-called “impurities” are actually beneficial to health, and make honey a much better product than its classic rivals, such as sugar. And the subtraction of these “impurities” does not seem to have the slightest beneficial effect: the final product is expensive, and its preservation period does not increase, contrary to what some manufacturers claim.
But according to FSN, the most important reason why ultra-refined honey should be avoided is that pollen is the only guarantee to know the geographical origin of honey .
A detail that is important because over-filtering is often used to hide the dubious provenance of certain types of honey, including Chinese honey, which is subject to heavy import taxes due to its contamination. frequent to heavy metals and illegal antibiotics . Chinese honey producers filter their honey enormously and route it through the Byzantine roads, before it reaches fraudulently the shelves of foreign supermarkets without having to pay customs taxes.
Food Safety News sent samples to Vaughn Bryant, a professor at Texas A & M University and a prominent melissopalynologist. The results show that about ¾ of the products examined do not contain pollen, which makes them unidentifiable and therefore potentially dangerous.
False honey is everywhere.
Here is the result of his analyzes:
- 100% Winnie the Pooh honey sold at Walmart contains absolutely no pollen
- 100% honey from KFC and MacDonald’s contains absolutely no pollen
- 77% of honey from wholesalers such as Costco, Sam’s Club and Target do not contain pollen
- 100% honey sold in pharmacies Walgreen and CVS Pharmacy do not contain pollen
On the other hand, honey bought by cooperatives, farms and grocers such as Trader Joes contains all the amount of pollen it is supposed to contain.
Many people have approached the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to redouble their efforts to keep contraband honey and contaminated honey out of the displays. supermarkets, but the latter has so far not deigned to take the appropriate measures.
Studies indicate that fake honey is everywhere following:
The European Union, for its part, has only changed the labeling legislation so that the packaging contains the information “pollen” in the list of ingredients if the product contains it, and this despite the objections of some beekeepers, who consider that pollen is an essential ingredient of their product.
30 grams of unrefined honey contains approximately 20 types of vitamins, 18 types of amino acids and 16 minerals, as well as a significant amount of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Unrefined honey is an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal substance of the highest order. It is also a very nutritious product. It contains considerable amounts of vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and C, as well as magnesium, potassium, calcium, salt, sulfur and phosphate.
For now, consumers who are worried and want to buy real honey can buy their honey from beekeepers and organic groceries. The FSN’s investigation revealed that the honey sold in these small businesses contains very little, if any, ultra-refined honey.