When I was 4 or 5 years old, I used to eat honey on bread, 3 times a day, every single day, all summer.
You may ask yourself why my parents allowed me to eat this. They, obviously, didn’t know anything about nutrition and at least I was eating something because I was not very into the eating growing up thing.
Also, through the honey, I was getting a lot of nutrients.
Honey is very powerful food:
- Full of antioxidants
- Fights infections
- Helps with allergies
- Provides lots of energy
- Helps with sleep
In 1989 in Eastern Europe my parents were sure that I was consuming a real, nutritious and delicious honey. There weren’t fake alternatives on the market, and Hungary is known for the good-quality honey.
But, today, this is not a case in the Unites States or Western world.
The shocking news is that you don’t know that most of the honey being sold in the United States, are actually NOT HONEY.
Let me explain you.
Honey which is sold in the supermarkets often lacks real pollen. It is coming from China and it is artificially processed. And a honey without pollen is not really honey! It is a super sweet and sticky substance.
For the creation of this fake honey, they use ultra filtering, the process of heating the honey and watering it down before pressuring it through small filters to remove the pollen.
A dangerous Indian honey in U.S grocery stores was found which was contaminated with heavy metals and antibiotics and immediately banned in Europe.
To be sure of the quality of the honey, there was a testing of the honey sold in the U.S done by the Food Safety News. The investigation was conducted throughout 10 states, buying 60 different kinds of jars and other containers of honey.
THE RESULTS WERE SHOCKING!
- 100% of honey bought at pharmacies had all pollen removed.
- 76% of honey bought at supermarkets had all pollen removed
- 77% of honey bought at big box stores had all pollen removed
- 100% of small packs of honey bought at fast food restaurants had all pollen removed.
BUT: 100% of the honey which was bought at farmer’s markets, natural grocery stores and co-ops had the real quality of honey and had the FULL pollen.
How to be sure that you are buying good-quality honey?
The best way is your honey to be bought from farmer’s market, from a local, trusted, beekeeper and honey maker. Talk to him, they usually like to share their knowledge and secrets.
The second option is the local natural health food store or co-op
Also, you can order it online at online health food stores
If there is no choice and you are buying at a regular supermarket, you must read the labels. Look for raw organic varieties found in the natural food aisle.
HOW TO USE REAL HONEY
- You can add to oatmeal, granola, and fruit salads
- You can add to a green smoothie or green juice, add 1 or 2 tablespoons.
- To sweeten the tea or chai
- You can use on your pancakes or waffles instead of syrup
- You can use as a natural sweetener in the raw desserts and baked goods.
And which one is your favorite? Share below, we would like to hear your recipes and tips!
Source: Green Food Team