Ahh…sweet honey! That golden nectar of the gods! Drizzle a bit on your morning crumpet. Slather it on a slice of bread along with peanut butter. Sweeten up your favorite recipes with it. Mix it with lemon and hot water to sooth a sore throat. Its uses are endless. We all know were it comes from…or do we? And I am not just talking about your everyday worker bee!
I recently came across an article posted on CNN that made me gasp when I read it. It claimed that most of the honey sold in US grocery stores is not worthy of its name. What!! Wait a minute! What are we talking about here? Tell me more!
It seems that the pollen in most chain-store honey sold in the US has been filtered out, and according to the Food and Drug Administration, any product that has had its pollen filtered out is not considered to be “honey.” Tests run for Food Safety News proved this was the case in the majority of honey brands tested. It was also found that honey is smuggled into the US from other countries where it is banned due to contamination with heavy metals or antibiotics. How disturbing is this! Read the complete article at the link above for more information.
Of all the brands of honey tested, it seems that only those labeled as “organic” or sold in food-co-ops, farmers markets, and stores like PCC and Trade Joe’s tested positive for pollen and, therefore, can be truly defined as honey. Unfortunately, the FDA does not check honey for pollen content. And when there is no pollen present in honey, the source cannot be determined.
As for myself, I’ve switched to local farmers honey only. It’s amazing how much better flavor it has than the typical store bought clover honey. And…I can be assured of its wholesome, health food properties.