Myths about traditional ways of honey testing
Drops from under the Nail
Forming honey comb patterns
Dropping in water
Dogs don’t eat pure honey
Ants die if they eat honey
Commercial interests add things like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), flavorings, and in rare cases, water, to “pure” honey to basically extend the original, more expensive, honey so they can still charge the current going honey prices for something that is no longer just honey. Current prices for honey are good because demand for honey continues to stay relatively robust in the world marketplace. There is really no way to test at home to see if your honey has been adulterated.
The bee keepers feed sugar syrup and even antibiotics to the honey to keep the bee colony from leaving the bee boxes and to protect them from infections. These adulterants eventually end up in the honey that we consume. This is an article on how popular honey brands have been selling adulterated honey -
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The correct way to test honey is through Lab-testing, in which the following below tests are potentially covered.
Perform all the above tests to Qualify a honey as pure and un-adulterated.
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