It is believed that pure organic honey can only be obtained from grocery stores. But have you ever known that there exists fake honey and real honey? Not everyone will be able to differentiate the two since it is a bit difficult – you have to know how it is done. Differentiating the two can be done at home, but how do you go about it? We have a guide that uses simple tests to help you know how pure your honey is. When you do not know how to distinguish between fake and pure honey, you risk buying the wrong products. Grocery stores know very well that the demand for organic honey is very high and as a result replace it with the synthetic honey that factories make.
Is it bad to take factory-produced honey?
The manufacturing process leads to the loss of nutrients in processed honey. That takes place during the filtration process and the end product is not the high-quality honey that is needed. As revealed by FSN, ultrafiltration of honey is practiced by food industries so that whenever pollen examination is done, it is not possible to trace the honey’s geographical origin.
As claimed by Professor Vaughn Bryant, 0% of pollen is contained in around 75% of the honey that is available in the market.
Luckily, there are a number of tips which can assist in finding out whether you have natural raw honey or the one that is factory made.
What Does Fake Honey Entail?
It is also referred to as artificial or adulterated impure honey. Addition of sugar syrups, corn syrup, molasses, dextrose, and other additives and other flavors has been done. In a test proposed by GHgeochem, it was suggested that when corn syrup is mixed with pure honey, the isotope ratio falls and will lie between two values – that will be enough to prove adulteration. That means that corn syrup has been added to most honey products which many claim to be pure.
What Pure Real Honey Is Made Of
Real honey comes straight from bees and not from a factory. It is also known as natural and organic honey. Knowing whether it is the real or fake one is a hard task. Since it has been discovered that what most stores have is not the organic products that most people need, tests to distinguish the two have to be carried out.
Checking Honey’s Purity at Home:
Natural Nigeria has revealed that boosting profits is what makes most producers to dilute pure honey with sugar syrup and molasses. There are those who will add flour, ground chalk, sawdust, or even sand to enhance the thickness of the honey. The following should be done to check how pure your honey is:
The Thumb Test:
To carry out the thumb test, you need to follow the following procedure: Place a drop of honey on the thumb. Then check whether it spreads or spills around. When it does, you have fake honey. Pure honey normally stays intact when placed on the thumb.
Spotting Fake Honey Using The Water Test:
To carry it out, you do the following:
A glass is filled with water. A tablespoon of honey is then added into the glass. Artificial or adulterated honey normally dissolves in the water and it can be seen around the glass. Alternatively, pure honey settles at the glass’ bottom.
Organic honey exhibits flammable properties
This is how 100%, real organic honey is tested:
Begin by dipping a dry matchstick into the honey. Attempt to light it by striking it against the matchbox. The matchstick lights with ease and keeps on burning if it is pure honey. But since fake honey has moisture and other impurities, lighting will not take place. Those are the common and simple ways of testing the purity of honey.
The difference can also be detected with the following common method:
2-3 drops of vinegar essence and water are added into honey and the resulting mixture mixed well. Adulterated honey will form a foamy solution.
Telling the Difference between Fake and Pure Honey:
When the physical properties of honey are examined, discovering whether you have impure or pure honey will be an easy task. The key properties to help you do it have been presented below, but you must note that practice is necessary before you can attempt to do it.
Pure Honey Properties; quite thick, has a soft texture, doesn’t foam, does not separate into layers, its aroma is that of honey.
Fake Honey Properties; Foams, shows stream-like trickling, rough texture, separates into layers, sometimes smells sour.
Like many fake products out there, artificial honey has a number of shortcomings and side effects. That means always learn to differentiate the two to avoid such shortcomings.
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