Take a look in your pantry. Do you think that bottle you have is really honey?
Certified brands of honey, typically found in grocery stores, were tested by Food Safety News. Interestingly enough, the test revealed a shocking reality: around 80% of them had no trace of pollen. According to FSN, the fact that honey producers use the method of ultra-filtering leads to a lack of pollen in the majority of conventional products. Being really heated, forced through extremely tiny filters, and probably even watered down or adulterated lowers their initial proprieties. Although the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that ultra-filtered products are not authentic honey, their representatives don’t take any measures to significantly change the situation.
According to FDA’s definition:
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey. However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen. Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey — some containing illegal antibiotics — on the U.S. market for years.
The FSN started investigating this situation after discovering that US grocery stores are flooded by this type of honey. They then decided to buy 60 different containers of honey which were already sold in 10 states. Afterwards, they sent samples to premier melissopalynologist and professor at Texas A&M University, Vaughn Bryant. The test results revealed that roughly three fourths of honey did not contain any trace of pollen, making it unidentifiable and unhealthy for the human body. For more information, see the link bellow.