Believe it or not, not all honey was created equal. When you are grocery shopping, you may not realize that you may be losing out by buying fake honey. Bee pollen is considered to be one of nature’s best and most nourishing foods. It’s packed with protein that is combined with amino acids, that can be easily used by your body. In Chinese medicine, bee pollen is used to improve unbalanced nutrition, vitality, longevity, energy, etc. Bee pollen is also used for weight control, health, beauty, allergies, anti-aging and more. All of these qualities are lost with the removal of bee pollen. Regular honey does not contain bee pollen.
Why Companies Remove Bee Pollen & The History of Fake Honey
So this brings us to our next point, why is it that this wonderful nature’s miracle is removed from our honey? Everything started in China. After noticing its incredible effects on health and honey’s benefits, the demand for honey skyrocketed. Chinese, being historically experts at mass manufacturing and imitation, began to produce very cheap quality honey. So much in fact, that it started to export the honey to other countries, including the United States. Fast forward to 2003, where Smuckers recalls 12,040 cases of honey; followed by Sara Lee, which used 100,000 pounds of honey in its baked products. The cause? Chinese honey. During testing, contaminants such as chloramphenicol (used in eye drops, side effects include leukemia) were found.
So how did they know that this honey came from the Chinese? You see, bee pollen contains DNA which can be used to trace back the honey to its origination. Following these recalls, U.S. banned all honey coming in from China. Now the Chinese were stuck with tons of honey that could simply not be sold. The Chinese are smart businessmen, so they came up with a solution. If you can’t ship it from China, ship it from somewhere else. They sent their cheap honey to India where it was mixed with Indian honey with pollen and voila. “New” yet still potentially contaminated and unnatural honey was born.
A while later, they came up with Ultra Filtration. Ultrafiltration is the process of removing the bee pollen from the honey, which leaves honey virtually nutrition-less but it gives it an extremely long shelf life. Fast forward to 2013, and 3 out of 4 bottles of “honey” are fake. 76% of all honey in our stores are pollen-free. That makes most of the honey sold in United States fake.
Choose Raw Organic Honey
The market is literally polluted with cheap, health damaging honey. So be careful when you make your choice. Find honey that is raw and organic.It has tons of health benefits and does not damage your health. If you want us to help you with differentiating the two, please let us know and we’ll make a post about it. For now, here are the differences between honey and raw honey.