Recent testing done by Food Safety News revealed that 76% of honey sold in stores in the U.S. isn’t real honey but rather, a fake honey product loaded with toxic syrups and sugars. Additionally, these fake honey products are contaminated with antibiotics and heavy metals.
Bees are fed with Corn Syrup and Fructose
Honey bee nutrition plays a vital part in developing and maintaining healthy and strong colonies. Carbohydrates are essential as they provide energy for all activities within the hive and during foraging. Honey bees naturally obtain carbohydrates by collecting honeydew or nectar. When natural sources are limited (as most crops are go corn and soy which bees do not pollinate) or harvesting honey by humans has removed a colony’s supply of carbohydrates, supplemental feeding by beekeepers is necessary and commonly done. Usually sucrose solution, inverted sugar syrup, or other syrups such as starch syrup or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are used for that purpose. This in turn creates a different type of honey that in fact has no nutritional value.
Conventional honey bees are given large doses of antibiotics to help protect them from diseases, but unfortunately, the honey also becomes contaminated with these antibiotics. The antibiotics given to the honey bees are veterinary antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, streptomycin and sulfonamides. Large doses of chloramphenicol administered into human beings may cause cancer and aplastic anemia. Similarly, high doses of streptomycin and sulfonamides are harmful to the human body.
Heavy Use of Pesticides
To make matters worse, a study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has labeled one pesticide, called clothianidin, as completely unacceptable for use, and banned it from use entirely. Meanwhile, the U.S. uses the same pesticide on more than a third of its crops – nearly 143 million acres. Two more pesticides linked to bee death are imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. These are also used extensively in the US, while elsewhere, they have been taken out of circulation.
Most Honey is Fake
All the honey in stores is not only fake, but it also has no bee pollen. They extract it out with a special machine so they can mix in honey imported from countries like China and India, which is banned from being sold to international markets. This way, nobody knows where the honey is from.
Four ways to spot artificial honey
- The Thumb Test — Put a drop of the honey on your thumb. If it spreads around right away or spills, it’s not pure. If it stays intact, it’s pure.
- The Water Test — Fill a glass of water and add one tablespoon of “honey” into the water. Pure honey will lump and settle at the bottom of the glass. Adulterated and artificial honey will start dissolving in water.
- The Shelf Life Test — Pure honey will crystallize over time. Imitation honey will remain looking like syrup, no matter how long it is stored.
- Light a Fire — Dip the tip of a matchstick in “honey”, and then strike it to light. Natural honey will light the match easily and the flame will burn off the honey. Fake honey will not light because of the moisture it contains.