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How to know if honey is pure or adulterated

Hollywood, MD - The positive effects that honey has on people's health are well known, due to its high content of minerals, vitamins and trace elements.

The problem is that, unfortunately, there is some adulterated honey on the market.

Many of them are mixtures of honey with glucose solutions or honey of poor quality, with high water content, because they are obtained from cells without an operculum (which are not covered with wax).

Luckily, there are some simple tests you can do at home to check if the honey you have bought is pure and of good quality or if, on the contrary, it is adulterated or contains a lot of water.

Read the label

The first thing to do before buying a bottle is to read the label and confirm that the "high fructose syrup" or commercial glucose does not appear on the list of ingredients. These are two additives frequently used to "stretch" the honey and prevent it from solidifying.

Solidification of honey

All honey is liquid but, over time, tend to solidify or "sugar". If you buy a bottle of honey that is already crystallized, it is pure honey. If you have a bottle of liquid honey, you can wait a few days to see if it solidifies or you can place it in the refrigerator to speed up the process. If the honey never gets to crystallize, there is a high probability that it is adulterated honey.

Tricks to know if honey is pure 

Here are some simple tricks that can be useful to know if the honey you have bought is pure or if it has been adulterated in some way or has a high moisture content. Take a teaspoon of honey and place it in a glass of water. If it dissolves, it is not pure. Pure honey should stay together, like a solid, when submerged in water. Take a little honey and mix it with water. On this solution place four or five drops of vinegar essence. If you notice that foam forms, the honey may be adulterated with plaster. Take a portion of honey with the spoon and place it face down. Honey that is very wet will fall quickly. The ripe ones, of good quality, stay in the spoon or fall very slowly.

Light a match and try to burn some honey. If you see that it is lit and burned, it is pure. The impure or poor quality contains water, and this prevents it from burning.

If you have iodine at home, take a little honey, mix it with water and add a few drops of iodine. If the solution turns blue, the honey has been adulterated with flour or starch.

Take a piece of old, hard bread, and dip it in honey. If after 10 minutes the bread continues to harden, you will verify that it is pure. If there is a lot of 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 make the most of the benefits of including it in your diet.

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