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Check The Label
First and foremost, always check the label on any jar of honey that you are thinking about purchasing. It is the job of the manufacturer to list any and all ingredients on the label. In this list you should also note if pure honey is the only ingredient and if not, how much actual honey is in the product.
The ration of pure honey in a processed jar should be listed as a percentage. If the jar is not 100% pure or raw honey it will not contain all of the essential vitamins and minerals that make honey the super-food it is, and is honestly not worth buying.
Check For Stickiness
If you’re unsure about your product being real or artificial, rub a small amount of it between your fingers. If what you’re feeling is very sticky, then it is not pure honey. Natural, raw honey is not sticky. The stickiness comes from sweeteners that are added to the honey artificially. Your skin will absorb some of it if the honey you have is pure, as honey is a natural moisturizer.
Do The Ant Test
Still not completely convinced that you have real honey? Spill a drop of the product outside, somewhere that ants can get to it. If the honey is pure, the ants will not go near it. When bees make honey in their hives they safeguard it by adding a component that is a natural pest repellent. If the honey is real and pure the ants will leave it alone.
Test It On Bread
Another way to distinguish the real honey from the fake honey is to spread the product on a slice of bread. If your honey is natural and pure it will make the bread harden in just a few minutes. If your honey is processed or artificial the bread will become soggy and wet, because of the water added to artificial honey.
Mix It With Water Or An Egg
Add a spoonful of honey to a raw egg yolk and mix it with a fork. If the honey is natural and pure, the egg yolk will suddenly look as though it’s been cooked. Still not convinced? Mix a spoonful of honey in a glass of water. Pure honey will clump together and pool at the bottom of the glass, while artificial honey will begin to disintegrate.
Try To Light a Match
Take a matchstick and douse the tip of it in a bit of honey. If your honey is pure and natural the match will ignite easily and the fire will burn off some of the honey. If the product is an artificial honey imposter, the match will not ignite due to the added moisture in the product.
Test It In The Microwave
Put 2 or 3 tablespoons of the honey into a microwave-safe dish. Microwave the honey until heated. If the honey is pure it will begin to caramelize nicely and not dissipate into foam or bubbles. If the honey is artificial it will bubble and pop, but never caramelize.
Pure, natural honey is an amazing food. It is very versatile and has an abundance of health benefits, ranging from the ability to heal skin to treating ulcers and beyond. The most important thing to remember when purchasing honey is to make sure it is pure, natural or raw. Artificial honey will not have the same benefits and is essentially just sugar. Take your time to test the product, be sure that you are getting the right product for your money. Use the hints to help distinguish the real from the fake and begin reaping the benefits of honey today.