The positive effects that honey has on the health of people are well known because of its high content of minerals and vitamins.
The problem is that, unfortunately there are some adulterated honeys on the market.
Many of them are mixtures of honey with solutions of glucose or honeys of poor quality with high water content, to be obtained from cells without operculum (which are not covered with wax).
Luckily, there are some simple tests you can do in your home to check if honey you bought is pure and from good quality or if, on the contrary, it’s adulterated or contains a lot of water.
Read The Label
The first thing you should do before buying a bottle is to read the label and corroborate that the “high fructose syrup” or commercial glucose does not appear in the list of ingredients.
These are the two additives frequently used to “stretch” the honey and prevent it from solidifying.
Solidification Of Honey
All honeys are liquid but over time, tend to solidify or “sweeten.”
If you buy a jar of honey that is already crystallized, it’s pure honey.
If you have a bottle of liquid honey, you can wait a few days to see if it solidifies or you can put it in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
If the honey never crystallizes, there is a high probability that it’s adulterated honey.
Cheats To know If The Honey Is Pure
Here are some simple tricks that can be useful to know if the honey you bought is pure or if it has been adulterated in some way or has high moisture content.
Take a teaspoon of honey and place it inside a glass of water. If it dissolves, it is not pure.
Pure honey should remain all together, like a solid, when it’s immersed in water.
Take a teaspoon of honey and mix it with water and place four or five drops of vinegar essence.
If you notice that foam is formed, honey may be adulterated with gypsum.
Take a piece of honey with the spoon and place it face down. Honeys that are very wet will fall quickly.
The mature ones, of good quality, remain in the spoon or fall very slowly.
Light a match and try to burn some honey. If you see that it ignites and burns, it is pure. The impure or poor quality contains water, and prevents it from burning.
If you have iodine at home, mix the honey with water and add a few drops of iodine. If the mixture turns blue, the honey has been adulterated with flour or starch.
Take a piece of old hard bread and dip it in the honey. If after 10 minutes the bread remains hardened, you will verify that it’s pure. If there is much water in the honey, the bread will soften.
As you can see, these simple tests will help you to check the quality of the honey you buy and so you can choose the purest in order to take full advantage of the benefits of including it in your diet.