Honey is full of nutrients and antioxidant but does the honey in your bottle has all those content which a raw honey has?
It is a time to think about is you getting an authentic honey at your grocery store. The answer is NO. As per Food Safety News (FSN) Around 76% of honey on your grocery store shelves does not have all the benefits which raw honey carries with it.
What is the reason behind it? The reason is “ultra-filtration”. It is a process in which the honey is processed and filtered to remove the impurities. But actually the process not only filter out the wax and impurities but also does remove the pollen from honey.
It actually removes the beneficial parts from the honey during the filtration process. It does not contribute to the improvement of the quality of honey. Then why people go for ultrafiltration of honey? This question drags us to some of the unpleasant facts of the food industry.
As per FSN, the food industry goes for ultrafiltration of honey to prevent the tracing of the geographical location of honey through the pollen examination. As per the analysis done by professor Vaughn Bryant (melissopalynologist) a pollen expert from Texas A&M University’s about 75% of honey available in the market has low or no pollen in it. Also,
- 100% pollen is removed from honey used in KFC and McDonald’s.
- 100% pollen is removed from Winnie the Pooh honey available at Walmart.
- 100% pollen is removed from honey available at drug stores like Walgreen’s and CVS.
- 77% honey available at big-box stores such as Costco, Sam’s Club and Target has no traces of pollen in it.