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More Than 75 percent of all 'Honey' Sold in Grocery Stores Contains no Honey
By Ethan A. Huff, Staff Writer for Natural News
Just because those cute little bear-shaped bottles at the grocery store say
"honey" on them does not necessarily mean that they actually contain honey.
A comprehensive investigation conducted by Food Safety News (FSN) has found
that the vast majority of so-called honey products sold at grocery stores, big
box stores, drug stores, and restaurants do not contain any pollen, which means
they are not real honey. For the investigation, Vaughn Bryant, one of the nation's
leading melissopalynologists, or experts in identifying pollen in honey, and
director of the Palynology Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University, evaluated
more than 60 products labeled as "honey" that had been purchased by FSN from
ten states and the District of Columbia.
Bryant found that 76 percent of "honey" samples purchased from major grocery
store chains like Kroger and Safeway, and 77 percent of samples purchased from
big box chains like Sam's Club and Wal-Mart, did not contain any pollen. Even
worse were "honey" samples taken from drug stores like Walgreens and CVS, and
fast food restaurants like McDonald's and KFC, 100 percent of which were found
to contain not a trace of pollen. The full FSN report with a list of all the
pollen-less "honey" brands can be accessed here: www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/
So what is all this phony honey made of? It is difficult to say for sure, as
pollen is the key to verifying that honey is real. According to FSN, much of
this imposter honey is more likely being secretly imported from China, and may
even be contaminated with antibiotic drugs and other foreign materials. Most
conventional honey products have been illegally ultra-filtered to hide their
According to FSN, the lack of pollen in most conventional "honey" products is
due to these products having been ultra-filtered. This means that they have
been intensely heated, forced through extremely tiny filters, and potentially
even watered down or adulterated in some way prior to hitting store shelves.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) holds the position that any so-called
honey products that have been ultra-filtered are not actually honey. But the
agency refuses to do anything to stop this influx of illegitimate "honey" from
flooding the North American market. It also continues to stonewall all petitions
to establish a national regulatory standard for verifying the integrity of honey.
The good news is that all of the honey products FSN tested from farmers markets,
food cooperatives, and "natural" stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, were
found to contain pollen and a full array of antioxidants and other nutrients.
Local beekeepers are another great source of obtaining raw, unprocessed, real
The photo is pure, real honey with honeycomb.