Since the majority of stores brand their honey as pure, most people buy these products without knowing if it is indeed pure. Without checking the purity of honey, there is no way to tell the difference between fake and real honey. Luckily for you, this article will show you how to test the purity of the honey you bought.
How is artificial honey bad for you?
During the manufacturing process, honey loses all of its essential nutrients. Factory produced honey is not of the highest quality, and the ultrafiltration process is done to prevent tracing of the geographical origin of honey, which is often illegally imported from China.
Professor Vaughn Bryant says that about 75% of the honey on the American market contains no pollen. Thankfully, the tips in this article can help you learn the difference between fake and real honey.
What is fake honey?
Fake honey is called adulterated or artificial honey and is often mixed with corn syrup, molasses, dextrose and other flavors or additives. A test done by GHgeochem found out that “If a pure honey has been adulterated with corn syrup, the isotope ratio will fall some way between the two values and hence adulteration will have been proved.” This proves that most honey products have corn syrup added to them.
What is real honey?
Of course, real honey isn’t made in factories – it is produced by bees. It is difficult to learn the difference between organic (real) and fake honey. In order to recognize the differences, you need to run some tests which will show you if the product you’ve bought is organic.
How to check honey purity at home
naturalnigerian.com reports that most producers dilute organic honey with molasses and sugar syrup to boost profits. In order to make the honey thicker, they add flour, ground chalk, sawdust or even sand! Here’s how you can check your honey’s purity:
The thumb test
Put a small amount of honey on the tip of your thumb – if it drips, the honey is fake. Real honey should stick to your thumb.
The water test
Fill a glass with water, then put a tablespoon of honey in and watch how it reacts. Fake honey will dissolve quickly, while real honey will settle at the bottom of the glass.
Real honey is flammable
Take a matchstick and dip in it honey, then strike it on a matchbox and see if it burns. If the honey is organic (real), the matchstick will light up and burn. Artificial (fake) honey won’t burn because of the impurities it contains and the high level of moisture.
Mix some honey with a little water and 2-3 drops of vinegar – if the mixture foams, the honey is fake.
Learning the difference between fake and real honey
These simple tests are a sure way to determine the purity of the honey you bought. Here are some other tips which will show you if the honey is real or fake:
- Drips easily
- It has a rough texture and cramps
- Separates into layers
- Smells sour or it doesn’t smell at all
- Doesn’t foam
- Thick, trickles in a stream
- It has a soft texture
- Doesn’t separate into layers
- Has the well-known honey aroma
It’s easy to be deceived by the “natural” brands of honey if you don’t know the differences between fake and real honey. Try the tips we mentioned and never buy fake honey again!