How to Spot Real Honey from the Fake

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 30, 2015

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Quick Bites

  • Heating destroys nutritional value of honey.
  • Read the label carefully for ingredients.
  • Taste the honey to check additives.
  • Add honey to a glass of warm water to check purity.

Put it on your toast, mix it with a glass of warm water or simply garnish your bowl of fruit salad with it, honey in any form can be delicious and can make dish tempting. But you must stay aware. Those jars containing the golden liquid, is not honey most of the times. It is just the syrup that tastes something like the real thing. The commercial honey is treated by heating it in high temperatures. This abnormal heating destroys the nutritional value which honey naturally contains when just out of the bee hive. Most often it is diluted with water and high-fructose corn syrup in order to make it manageable and to stretch out the product.

Real Honey vs Fake Honey

The valuable pollens in honey are taken out by making it pass through tiny filters. All these processing results into a liquid which may look exactly like natural honey but, the reality is completely the opposite.

All these facts can only refrain your from including honey in your diet. But isn’t there a better way to fight the impurities?  Surely there is. There ways with which you can differentiate between fake and real honey. Here is how you do it.

Don’t Take the Label For Granted

The label on the bottle means something much more than just an item of decoration. Check the brand name and the logo. Also, check the list of ingredients for additives or added flavour. If you have opted for real honey, it would just have one ingredient: honey.

Taste the Honey

Taste the honey before buying, if it is an option. Although tasting might not be an accurate way to check for addictives but if taste is a concern, all you need to do is dip a finger and let your taste buds decide. The unrecognizable taste of honey always does not mean that the honey you have chosen isn’t pure. It can be because of the fact that honey is made from the nectar of different flowers, saps or at time even from secretions of sap-eating insects.

Real Honey vs Fake Honey

Add Spoonful of Honey to Water

Add a spoonful of honey to a glass full of warm water and stir it thoroughly. If your honey isn’t pure and has been mixed with certain kinds of sugar syrup, it will dissolve in water. Most pure honeys will sink as a solid lump or stick to the spoon.

Although these tests may not provide a 100 percent accurate result, they can surely help you make wise decisions to certain extent.

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