The next time you want to buy some honey, and you are thinking which one to buy between the cheaper store-brand honey in a plastic bear and naturally produced honey, and you are in a dilemma because of the price, you might want to give that one more thought about which one to buy.
Because there is a study about the honey market by the Food Safety News discovered that more than 76% of the honey that you buy from the markets and grocery stores went under a process that is known as “ultra-filtration”, which is not only removing impurities such as wax, but also it is eliminating all traces of pollen in the honey. Those types that are the most famous at the grocery stores, are most likely to be ultra-filtrated.
The Problem with Ultra – Filtration
There are issues with ultra-filtration generally. Many accept that pollen, and other purported “polluting influences,” are really gainful to human health, and settle on honey a superior decision than opponent sweeteners like sugar.
What’s more, there doesn’t appear to be any genuine advantage to the procedure; it’s costly and doesn’t essentially improve time span of usability, despite the fact that a few makers guarantee it does.
In any case, as indicated by FSN, the most compelling motivation to maintain a strategic distance from ultra-filtrated honey is that pollen is the main beyond any doubt fire approach to follow the wellspring of honey to a geographic area. Accordingly ultra-filtrated honey is regularly used to cover the obscure sources of specific sorts of honey.
Food Safety News honey samples are sent to the premier melissopalynologist, and professor Vaughn Bryant, Texas A&M University. According to his researches, about 3/4 of the honey didn’t have any pollen, which makes it unidentifiable and unsafe. He found the average:
- 100% of the honey from drugstores such as CVS Pharmacy had Walgreen, filtered all of the pollen out.
- 77% of the honey from big places like Target, Sam’s Club or Costco. Target didn’t have any trace of pollen.
- 100% of the honey from individual packs from McDonald’s and KFC also had the pollen removed.
- 100% of Winnie the Pooh sold in the Walmart stores, also had the pollen removed.
He found out, be that as it may, that honey bought from centers, ranchers markets and stores like Trader Joes contained everything of original pollen.
Many have required the FDA to accomplish more to counteract contaminated and stolen honey from arriving on staple racks, however the gathering has so far disregarded the weight.
The EU, as far as it matters for its, simply changed marking guidelines to necessitate that honey compartments list “pollen” as a fixing, when it is one, regardless of the protests of some honey ranchers, who call pollen characteristic for their produce.
One ounce of raw, natural, organic honey contains about 16 minerals, 18 acids, 20 vitamins and a lot of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Raw honey is an anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial substance. Also it is very nutritious. It has huge amounts of phosphate, sulfur, sodium chlorine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B2, B3, B5, and B6
That is why consumers are getting worried, and they buy honey from natural food stores and from farmer’s markets. The investigation by FSN discovered that most of the honey is ultra-filtrated.