It Ain’t Honey, Honey

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Posted in category Food & Nutrition

By now, the word is out on honey – that most of what consumers buy ain’t really honey at all. Even the Food Safety News can occasionally run a good article – “Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey.” After testing honey sold in grocery stores that was found to have little or no pollen, this was the most interesting (and predictable) test result:

Bryant found that every one of the samples Food Safety News bought at farmers markets, co-ops and “natural” stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen.

In other words, real honey. This is why I only buy my honey from non-FDA approved, local beekeepers. The pollen is removed from mass-produced honey because processed honey lasts forever on the shelves and it looks crystal clear, and this lures uneducated consumers who purchase food based on surface visuals. Cheap marketing trumps reality, and unfortunately, due to the lack of basic food education within the populace, the aesthetics of food eclipse the actual health consequences of that food.

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4 Responses to It Ain’t Honey, Honey

  1. Dan says:

    November 17th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Enjoy it openly while you can. I’m sure the FDA will eventually declare unprocessed honey to be a health hazard.

  2. Cory says:

    November 17th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Real honey lasts forever anyway, if stored properly. I frequently buy honey when I see it at roadside stands on our travel. Desert mesquite varieties are amazing in BBQ sauces. 

    I was making cider and rootbeer with the store bought stuff in order to cut costs as it’s still better than refined sugar, I think. I’ll have to find a source of larger quantities that isn’t $15/lb+

  3. Steve says:

    November 18th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    What a bullshit world we live in! It would seem being a savvy, more knowledgeable consumer is a full time job.

  4. Tim says:

    November 18th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I too buy my honey either from the local farmers market or from one of the local health food stores.I have done so for the past year and a half.

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