Written by: Kat Gal
One summer when I was about 4 or 5 years old, I was only willing to eat honey on bread. Every single day. 3 meals a day.
Now, you may question my parents and why they allowed me to do this. For one, obviously, they had no clue about nutrition. For two, at least I was eating something (I wasn’t big on the ‘eating thing’ growing up).
It could’ve been worse – I was at least getting lots of nutrients through honey.
Honey is a powerful food – it is:
Growing up in Eastern-Europe in the 1980s, my parents also had no doubt that the honey I was consuming was real, nutritious and delicious. Hungary is well-known for its good-quality honey and back then, there were no fake alternatives on the market.
This, unfortunately, is not so much the case in the United States – or much of the Western world – today.
Here comes the sad, but shocking news…
Most of the honey being sold in the United States is actually NOT HONEY.
Yep, the honey you are eating may not be honey at all…
Let me explain.
Mass produced honey that’s being sold in supermarkets is often lacking real pollen. It is artificially processed and is mostly coming from China. Honey that doesn’t have pollen is not honey! It is literally just a watered-down, super sweet and sticky substance.
To create this fake honey, they use a process called ultra filtering: they heat the honey, then water it down before pressuring it through small filters to remove the pollen.
Not too long ago, investigators found a dangerous Indian honey in U.S. grocery stores. This honey was contaminated with heavy metals and antibiotics and already banned in Europe. This Indian honey was lacking pollen as well.
To follow up and continue checking on the honey quality, the Food Safety News tested the honey sold around the U.S. at various outlets. They conducted their investigation throughout 10 states, buying 60 different kinds of jars and other containers of honey.
The results were SHOCKING!
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