When you find yourself discussing artisanal honey, price premium, and the store-brand nectar contained in a plastic bear, you should probably think twice before choosing based on price.
By Food Safety News it was made an investigation to the honey market and found that 76% of all honey from grocery stores were treated with a “ultra-filtration,” process that removes not only impurities like wax but also all traces of pollen. Generic brands were the ones that were far-and-away the most likely to be ultra-filtered.
In general, there are issues with ultra-filtration. People believe that pollen is beneficial to human health, and make honey a better choice than rival sweeteners like sugar. There doesn’t seem to be any serious benefit to the process.
The biggest reason to avoid ultra-filtered honey is that pollen is the only sure-fire way to trace the source of honey to a geographic location, according to FSN. Ultra-filtered honey masks the shady origins of Chinese honey. Chinese that make honey ultra-filter honey, then ship it through byzantine paths, to sneak their sham product onto American grocery shelves without being hit with a tariff.
To premiere melissopalynologist and professor at Texas A&M University, Vaughn Bryant was sent Food Safety News honey samples. He found that three-fourths of the honey contained no pollen, making it unidentifiable and unsafe. Of that average, he found that:
- 100 percent of Winnie the Pooh sold in Walmart stores had all pollen removed.
- 100 percent of honey from CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen’s had all the pollen filtered out.
- 100 percent of honey from McDonald’s and KFC had all pollen removed.
- In Costco, Sam’s Club, and Target stores 77 percent of honey had no traced of pollen.
He finds out that honey purchased from co-ops, and stores like Trader Joes contained the full amount of original pollen.FDA was pleased to smuggled honey from landing on grocery shelves and prevent adulterated, but the group has so far shrugged off the burden.
Despite the objections of some honey farmers, who call pollen intrinsic to their produce. the EU changed labeling regulations to require that honey containers list “pollen” as an ingredient.
A raw honey contains 16 minerals, 20 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and a ton of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Raw honey is an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial substance. It also contains amounts of B3, B5, B6, B2, C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium chlorine, sulfur, and phosphate.
Consumers buy honey from farmers’ markets and natural food stores as an option . The FSN investigation found that few jars of honey sold there are subject to ultra-filtration.