How I Easily Differentiate Between Pure And Fake Honey
There is a lot of fake honey being sold in the supermarkets these days and I got my share of it. Vendors off late are mixing honey with water and other things such as glucose so that they can have more honey in their batch.
The truth is pure honey does not come cheap and it’s a shame that you might be spending a lot of money on what you think is pure honey but is not.
However, honey bought from the streets or from hawkers, e.t.c, is likely adulterated honey, which will not give you any of the benefits that you were hoping to get in the first place.
On this note, I have compiled some easy tests that you can use to find out if the honey is pure or artificial.
But before we get to the tests, the first step is to check the label and how the honey looks like in the bottle or jar:
Pure honey solidifies with time.
Buy some fresh honey and put it in the fridge overnight. If it has no small crystals and is still watery, then you do not have pure honey. When it comes to the label, check to see if it has things like high fructose corn syrup and glucose written on it. These products keep the honey from solidifying and vendors add them to the honey so that they can have a little more honey to sell to unsuspecting buyers.
Using a glass of water
Pour some water into a glass, then, pour a teaspoonful of honey into the water. Pure honey will settle at the bottom of the glass and fake honey will start to mix with the water.
Using a matchstick
Dip a matchbox in the honey then light it up. If it lights up, the honey is pure. If it doesn’t light up, that means it has additives like water which prevents the matchstick from lighting up. Instead of a matchstick, you can also fold a small piece of tissue, dip it in some honey (pour a little bit first into a small bowl) then light it using a lighter. If your honey is pure, then the piece of tissue will catch fire.
Mix a bit of honey and water then add four or five drops of vinegar. If it turns foamy, then the honey is not pure.
Put a little amount of honey on your thumb
Pure honey will stay put or very slowly start to drip to the sides. Honey that’s not pure will easily spill away from the thumb. You can also use a spoon instead. Dip a spoon in your honey then hold it up. Pure honey will trickle down very slowly while fake honey will spill or trickle down very fast.