Culinary “Liquid Gold” can be Fool’s Gold.
According to Food Safety News, more than 75 percent of honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn't actually the same thing honey bees produce.
Testing done at Texas A&M University, showed that the market is flooded with cheap, fake Indian or Chinese honey diluted with inexpensive sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup (known to be GMO).
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It is often contaminated with antibiotics and heavy metals, and doesn't contain any trace of pollen, the benchmark of genuine honey – something I had no idea about.
Fake honey often is crystal clear, easy-to-pour, golden liquid – something you will see at fast food restaurants.
Raw unprocessed honey is cloudier, often solid, not necessarily golden in colour and more difficult to spread.
It can still contain particles of honeycomb, as well as micronutrients and healing properties.
If you want real honey, buy it as locally as you can – at the very least from a BC producer such as Babe’s but ideally from health food stores such as Lumby’s Monashee Community Co-op which supports local, organic farmers or at the local farmer’s markets in Lumby, Cherryville or Vernon.