Honey manufactures claim that this is a necessary process to stop the honey from crystallizing and to prolong its shelf life. But the pollen that is being removed is very important and good for our bodies!
Avoiding honey that has been Ultra Filtered is also crucial because once treated, the origin of the honey cannot be traced without the pollen. In case of pollen contamination, it is necessary to know the origin of the honey as it needs to be traced and analysed.
None of the ultra filtered honeys are pure, all the good has been taken out, and sometime, even bad ingredients may be added. Many of the honey sold is supermarkets have had glucose added into it, and are often high in poor quality mead.
Sometimes supermarkets’ honey is not much cheaper – So, how do you know if your honey is of inferior quality?
- Honey should crystalize over time, this is a normal and natural process. If yours does not, chances are it’s been filtered. Placing it in the fridge also should speed up the crystallization process if your honey is pure.
- Read the label and also look out for any ingredients other than honey. Glucose and high fructose corn syrup listed on the label means your honey is far from pure!
- Also add a couple drops of iodine into a glass of water, And add a teaspoon of honey in it. If the honey turns blue, it’s had corn starch combined into it.
- Make a mixture of water and honey and add a couple drops of vinegar to it. If it foams, this means the honey has been adulterated with plaster.
- Use a match to burn the honey, if it ignites it’s pure. If not, toss it out!
- If your honey dissolves in cold water, it’s of a poor quality. Pure organic honey will not dissolve.