A recent study has shown shocking results that more than half of the honey being sold on the American market is actually fake. It is loaded with toxic syrups and sugar as well as antibiotics and heavy metals. All these harmful ingredients are present in the honey because bees are being fed with them.
Bees are fed with Corn Syrup and Fructose
The actual nutrition of the bee has a critical role in developing and keeping healthy colonies. Carbohydrates are of utmost importance since they supply energy for all the activities within the hive. Bees naturally get carbohydrates by collecting nectar and honeydew, but unfortunately natural sources are limited due to the fact that harvesting honey by humans has removed the colony`s supply of carbohydrates. Consequently, beekeepers are now forced to use supplemental feeding, usually sucrose solution, starch syrup, inverted sugar syrup, or high fructose corn syrup. This is the reason why now we have a different type of honey without any nutritional value.
Bees are Given Large Doses of Antibiotics
Given that bees are given antibiotics as a preventative measure against various diseases, the honey also becomes contaminated with these antibiotics. Streptomycin and sulfonamides, the two most commonly used antibiotics, are detrimental to the human body. In addition, they are also given chloramphenicol, despite the fact that large doses of this antibiotic may cause cancer and aplastic anemia in humans.
Heavy Use of Pesticides
According to a study led by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), a pesticide called clothianidin is completely unacceptable for use! But, the U.S uses this pesticide on nearly 143 million acres, which is a third of its crops. Imidacloprid and thiamethoxam are also extensively used in the U.S, despite the fact that they have been linked to bee death.
Most Honey is Fake
Not only all the honey in stores is fake, but it also has no bee pollen. Manufacturers use special machines to extract it out and then mix in honey imported from China and India. Therefore, nobody is familiar with the origin of the honey itself.
4 Ways to Spot Artificial Honey
- Light a Fire: Dip the tip of the matchstick in the honey and light a fire. If the match lights easily and the flame burns off the honey, it means that it is natural. On the other hand, fake honey doesn’t make like due to the moisture it contains.
- The Shelf Life Test: Real like crystallizes over time while the fake one remains looking like syrup, regardless of how long it is stored.
- The Water Test: Add a tablespoon of honey into a glass of water. If it settles at the bottom of the glass, your honey is real. If it dissolves in the water, it`s a fake!
- The Thumb Test: Put some honey on the thumb. If it stays intact, it`s pure. If it spreads around, it`s fake.