Skip to comments.Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey
Posted on 11/08/2011 9:14:13 AM PST by opbuzz
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.
The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled "honey." The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world's food safety agencies.
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I stick with inorganic honey, it's safer.
Well, I'm certainly disappointed.
Don’t you want local honey so you’ll take in some local pollen for allergy reasons?
No such thing as organic honey. You can’t control where the bees go for nectar.
I always enjoy a roll in the clover with some honey.........
We have tupelo honey here. The need are pretty limited to the nectar.
that’s like saying there is no such thing as clover honey because the bees might take in some apple blossom while they are at it.
If you want truly delicious honey, the best bet is either to find a store offering comb honey, or a local honey dealer. Comb honey is an odd treat, and children in particular seem to gobble it down. Local honey dealers are careful to indicate what *kind* of honey they have, as there are subtle flavor differences between clover, orange, wildflower and other types.
Importantly, though very hard to find, there is medicinal honey, which is very unpredictable. Unpasteurized honey *may* contain a whole slew of both antibiotics and anti-inflammatory chemicals, or it may not.
But if it does, it is the almost ideal treatment for gum disease, because it will both kill bacteria, and reduce the inflammation the bacteria hides behind. So you could literally brush your teeth with honey. Unfortunately Pasteurization destroys all these good effects.
Thanks for the reply.
For some reason, I have never even liked honey to begin with.
Where the bees go isn’t what makes it organic, what you do AFTER getting it from the bees is what does.
I see that Trader Joe’s isn’t listed.
That’s good, I have bought their honey for some time.
Or that saying a jar of honey is clover honey because some bee might have flown over a clover patch.
Trust me....it has all the pollens the bees can gather!
IT AM GOOOOOOD!
‘Keep here - locate local honey on a state by state basis and evaluate your trust of that individual.
Not us though - we’ve more individual contacts than we can provide for.
It is possible to feed your bees pure sugar. I bet there’s no pollen in the honey they produce when this is done.
We buy from The Honeyman here in AZ... the ONLY place for honey!
Idiotic headline mars an otherwise interesting and concern-provoking story.
No such thing as INorganic honey. It’s all carbon-based.
You may find this thread interesting. You could post some of your pictures and educate the masses.
I stopped ingesting honey when I found out it was bee puke.
Send in the Killer Bees!
even throughout the season the honey from a single hive changes a lot. our backyard hive has lighter honey early, and it gets darker and a little heavier as the season gets later, totally depends on what they are working.
pretty astounding little insects. had a problem recently with the hive being attacked and raided by a wild hive. major battle, many casualties all over the ground, bees fighting. i closed the entrance to the hive down pretty small which gave the hive a chance to mount a defense which worked.
just like humans, why work when you can steal? same in the bee world, you need guards to protect.
No, that’s not what it means. Organic farms are controlled and are certified as such. You can’t keep bees from going farms that are not certified as organic. They may get pollen from your organic clover that can be contaminated with bees from outside that area. It’s not where they get pollen (i.e apple or clover) but whether it’s certified organic. Next farm over may not be.
Garden Thread ping?
It’s how you process it as in how it’s filtered and at what temperature. All honey even what’s called “raw honey” is processed in some way to remove bee parts or other contaminants. It’s micro-filtering that removes the pollen because some people are allergic to pollen and they choose to buy honey with the pollen removed. If, as the article states, any additives have to be listed. I have one of the honey manufactures that has the pollen removed and there is no listing of additives other than the statement “contains pure honey”.
We always try to find local honey, even if we have to shop out of the way to find it. If we’re going to eat honey (which lasts us for a long time), why not consume the stuff that’s going to make me healthier and feed the local economy, even if it costs a bit more?
Amazing thing about honey — to my knowledge, it’s the only food that doesn’t spoil. Ever. Even after centuries. Crazy!
‘We buy from The Honeyman here in AZ...’
I tried to buy some off of a local guy driving a honey ‘wagon’. I figured he’d have the best. Boy was I wrong!
I didn’t know that about honey. I’ve had honey in a cabinet for about a year, and I threw it out. I figured it had to be bad by then. Now I know different...thanks.
I went to a fast food place and got a meal with some biscuits and two packages of honey.
I As I was eating it, I read the ingredients on the honey packs.
Sugar, high fruitcose corn syrup, honey flavoring, water. It was not honey at all.
That is one fine bee. I won’t be able to remove that from my mind for the rest of the day.
You have to feed bees sugar if you are going to rob their honey.
Well, no. Otherwise it would have wax, bee parts and other things most people do not care to have on their morning toast mixed in.
It is still honey. This is like saying that tap water isn't water because it isn't exactly what comes from the lake.
I always heard that the honey wagon picked up the night
deposits from the slop jars.
Bee healthy ...
Eat your honey ..."
I wonder what percentage of people has eaten comb honey? And chewed the wax afterwards like gum?
I have, I worked for a beekeeper. All I took for lunch was bread, the honey was free.
Honeycombs are the best.
An interesting fact about who is on the list: 13 of the brands of honey are “store” brands (made by others and sold under the in-house brand name of a store-chain - like “Americas Choice” is the store-brand for the A&P Company). That’s almost half of the list.
It wouldn’t surprise me if some of the store-brands listed were actually produced by the same owner of some private label brand on the list, and then packaged under some store-brand label. To the extent that that is the case, the testing results in such an instance should have been combined as the results for what is actually one product.
Also, I did not see quite a few of the Honey brands I have bought; brands that were not store-brands.
I think the science on this should not extrapolate the results to the entire honey industry, unless the sample pool was larger.
A larger sample pool may, at a minimum, reduce the average result for non-pollen-content.
So, I may be missing some nutrient in my honey; my cup of tea doesn’t notice; it’s just as sweet.
Weekly Gardening Thread
Only once that I can recall. And they were cooked.
Really? Do you like Jello?
I won't eat them raw, but love oyster soup made with milk, butter, oysters, cream of mushroom soup, and cream of potato soup.
Also, honey will, over time and if it gets cold, crystalize. Just immerse the jar in warmed water, it will reliquify, and all is good.
I think that’s Eric Idle behind Gilda and Jane