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Sticky Situation: Most Store Brand Honey Isn’t Honey
Posted By Candy Sagon On November 9, 2011 @ 8:00 am In Health Talk | No Comments
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores bears little resemblance to the nutritious nectar that bees produce, according to testing done for Food Safety News.
Laboratory testing of more than 60 products from 10 states and the District of Columbia found that a high-tech process called ultra-filtration had removed all pollen, which effectively erases all of honey’s natural nutrients and also obscures the only way authorities can pinpoint where the honey came from.
Ultra-filtered honey that contains no pollen is not considered honey by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What is ultra-filtering? Here’s how the publication explains it:
Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.
Removal of all pollen from honey “makes no sense,” Mark Jensen, president of the American Honey Products Association, told Food Safety News. Ultra-filtering, he said, is only used to hide honey that may have entered the country “un-inspected and in violation of federal law.”
Traditional filtering will remove particles and debris from the bee hive, beekeepers say, but leave the pollen and other nutrients intact. Honey’s soothing, natural antimicrobial properties have been shown to help fight off infection, as well as relieve coughs.
Here’s what the testing, done at Texas A&M University’s Palynology Research Laboratory, found:
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