If you are a regular reader, you will surely have noticed that we have a particular penchant for certain foods and products that are excellent for your health. Among this list you will no doubt have counted vinegar, garlic, onion, olive oil and a whole host of herbs, mentioned over and over again in our articles. But if we had to choose a teacher’s pet, without a doubt it is honey. Thanks to its rich nutrient content and is numerous beneficial components, we use it endlessly for both our health and our beauty needs.
And if the diversity in the honey industry offers us great variety, it can also offer us a range of honeys whose quality is somewhat questionable. Highly refined and overly transformed by manufacturers, our beloved honey can quickly become more of a sugary syrup than a beneficial golden elixir. Filtered and stripped of its wax, propolis and pollen, honey can lose its virtues as much in taste as in terms of health benefits.
How to distinguish between real and fake honey? Here are 5 simple techniques:
1) Do a test on your finger or on a spoon
Place a drop of the honey on your finger. Move your finger around to see if the drop moves at the same time as your finger. The perfect honey won’t budge.
You can also put some on a spoon that you turn upside down. Honey that is full of water or poor quality honey will quickly drip off the spoon. Good quality honey won’t slip off the spoon, or at least will take a great deal of time before it does.
2) Arm yourself with a glass of water
Slip a spoonful of honey into the water. Fake honey will disperse immediately, while pure honey will sink directly to the bottom of the glass like a block.
3) Check whether it is flammable
Soak the end of a match in the honey and try to light it. Pure honey being flammable, the match should light quickly. You can also try to burn the honey to see if it catches flame.
4) Water and vinegar
Mix the honey with the water and add a few drops of vinegar essence. If the mixture forms a mousse, it means your honey may be contain chalk.
5) With stale white bread
Soak a piece of stale bread in honey for around ten minutes. Does the bread go hard? In this case, the honey is pure. If by contrast the bread goes soft, this is proof that the honey is not pure and that it contains a lot of water.
Tips for choosing wisely:
- Honey that is not pure generally doesn’t solidify. Pure honey however tends to harden and crystallise, even if it is liquid to start out with, like all honey. This could help you choose between two types of honey and help you see whether your honey is pure.
- Read the label. Don’t buy honeys that contain additives such as corn syrup with high fructose levels or industrial glucose, or honey blends that mix honeys coming from various places. Ideally go for locally produced honey.
- Try to find products that were harvested and potted by the farmers, as this is a good gauge of quality and ensures good product trace-ability.
- The organic label can also ensure quality.
- Ideally go for cold processed honey (because heated honey loses certain properties).
- Find more information on honey here to know what to choose for your particular needs.