How Do You Pick the Right Type of Honey?
Picking the right type of honey is hard. There are so many brands in the local market that’s it’s not easy to find the right kind. The price can tell you a lot about a honey’s quality, but the problem is that the market is flooded by brands that are more sugar than honey. According to a recent research conducted by Food Safety News, more than 75% of all honey brands on the American market are not exactly honey. These brands have been ultra-filtrated. During this process, the honey is stripped of all the important nutrients, leaving you with nothing more than a jar of sugar.
The Problem with Ultra-Filtration
The process of ultra-filtration removes all of the honey’s traces of pollen, beeswax, and other key nutrients. At the same time, ultra-filtration is very expensive and doesn’t seem to increase the shelf-life of honey, which deems it unnecessary. As reported by FSN, ultra-filtration is used in order to cover the suspicious origin of the honey. Honey brands from certain geographical areas contain almost no pollen at all, which is without a doubt the key nutrient in the sweet nectar.
After professor Vaughn Bryant from Texas’ A&M University tested the samples from FSN’s research, he found out that ¾ contained no pollen at all. This means that we’re all buying nothing more than junk in our local health stores. Honey from major brands such as KFC, McDonald’s, Target, and Sam’s Club among others was found to contain little to no pollen which is concerning. On the other hand, brands such as Trader Joe’s had a solid amount of pollen.
Many people are now calling for the FDA to establish stricter guidelines when it comes to pollen in honey. The EU simply changed the marking guidelines at the moment, requiring all honey producers to simply list pollen on the label. This, of course, is not enough to stop the influx of low-quality honey brands on the market.
According to statistics, an ounce of honey should contain:
- 20 vitamins
- 18 amino acids
- 16 minerals
and a healthy amount of antioxidants and phytonutrients. All the nutrients combined contribute to honey’s amazing antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties.
So, when buying honey, try to get it from a local farmer instead of the local markets and stores. If you want to get all its benefits, it’s important to buy a jar of organic, high-quality honey, and the brands at Target are anything but.