by RS Bailey
Honey is our most ancient source of sweetening. Throughout the ages it has been renowned for its health benefits. Honey has been used as an antiseptic and a preservative since time immemorial. It is not the same as simple sugar. It’s has pollen. The pollen carries numerous different benefits that can only be associated with honey.
The U.S. 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 in America to see if it contains pollen. Huge, repeat HUGE, amounts of it don’t.
The U.S has become the dumping ground for foreign honey that’s not honey, much of it from China that’s being smuggled into the U.S. through India and Canada. It is ultrafiltered, contains antibiotics and pesticides and is devoid of pollen.
This honey is happily sitting on the shelves of some of the largest supermarkets and super-stores in America. Not all of it is foreign. Unfortunately, the FDA doesn’t seem to care. They have been promising for years to make rules to standardize what constitutes real honey but it seems to be more government lip service. The FDA has become expert at paving the way for large corporations to sell bogus foods and drug products that claim to be and do something they do not and/or are not. Such is life in modern America.
But what about the honey? Food Safety News recently conducted an investigation into the honey gracing America’s market shelves. What they discovered is disconcerting to say the least. “ 76% of honey samples bought at grocery stores, such as TOP Food, Safeway, QFC, Kroger, Harris Teeter, etc., were absent of pollen; 77% of the honey from big box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Target were absent of pollen; 100% of the honey sampled from drug stores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS Pharmacy were absent of pollen. Brands like Sioux Bee and Winnie the Pooh failed the test.
However the honey from natural food stores like Trader Joe’s, farmers markets, and co-ops had the proper compliments of pollen as did organic brands
from common grocery stores.” The simple fact is more than three/fourths of the honey sold in America isn’t what the bees make.
Most honey is subjected to unnecessary procedures. Bacteria does not grow in honey, it doesn’t need to be pasteurized. Filtering is for cosmetic affect.
It is to remove wax and natural foreign objects that cloud the appearance. All of the honey tested that was served in individual packets at restaurants was ultrafiltered, and is not real honey.
Also the statements as to the source of pollen aren’t always accurately. Bee keepers can’t restrict the flowers their bees frequent. Honey that has been labeled “blackberry” is likely to be mostly from clover with a bit of blackberry. Honey from agricultural areas is more prone to be exposed to pesticides. Fortunately
pesticides, which readily appear in the wax of the honeycomb don’t necessarily appear in the honey itself.
Adding to he problem is that honey packagers are reluctant to tell what processes their honey has gone through. They call it “proprietary information.” The American Honey Producers Association claims that ultrafiltration of honey costs too much money and that if the honey has been through the process it is most likely from Chinese sources. Chinese honey is known to be tainted with illegal antibiotics including cholramphenicol, which is known to cause DNA
damage and cancer. Unfortunately, imported honey is not subjected to testing. Most likely because the FDA is too busy hawking useless flu vaccines.
Imported honey is also subjected to watering down, the adding of sugar, and ultrafiltration. The FDA says this is not honey. Their agents tell the press.” We
have not halted any importation of honey because we have yet to detect ‘ultra-filtered’ honey. If we do detect ‘ultra-filtered’ honey we will refuse entry.” Unnamed people in the FDA’s import office have stated they doubt they check more than 5% of all foreign honey shipments.
So what’s the big deal about honey? Keep in mind recent studies have shown manuka honey, from New Zealand, kills MSRA, the drug resistant bacteria that all the drug companies can’t kill and has been creating havoc in hospitals that refuse use plain old fashioned soap. Before World War I and the discovery of penicillin, honey was used as an antibiotic. It’s grown into disfavor because major corporations can’t turn a buck on it.
If you’re looking for a healthy lifestyle, shun pesticide infected sugar from beets and Central American sugar cane in favor of unpasteurized, natural honey. It’s best if it’s from wild sources or is urban honey. Strangely, there are less pesticides in urban honey than agricultural honey. Check the internet or markets
that are devoted to real and natural foods.
Read the labels.
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