Do not make the mistake of buying the cheapest honey in supermarket just to save a dollar. The universal truth holds true in this case because you get what you pay for you may be surprised to know you’re not buying pure honey in some cases. This is false/misleading advertising.


In order to lower the price, the chemical make-up of honey is often subjected to numerous alterations.

A public research study conducted by the Food Safety News provided a rather alarming find concerning honey. They have discovered that upto 76% of all types of honey available in supermarkets have been subjected to a process called ultra filtration.

This filtration process removes impurities like wax traces, but also the pollen as well.

The manufacturers say that this process is needed in order to prevent “crystallizing and to prolong the shelf life of the product.” Little do the consumers know that pollen is extremely important and beneficial to our bodies?

According to these researchers, the main reason to avoid honey that’s been treated by this process is the inability to determine the geographical origin of the honey, as in cases of pollen contamination, the origin needs to be analyzed and traced.

Chinese honey is one such example. It is often contaminated with illegal antibiotics and some metals, since producer’s process honey in this way in order to import it,and its origin is unknown.

To protect yourselves from buying low-quality honey, we present several brands and locations where you can purchase honey, containing no pollen:

  • Brands of honey sold at Walgreen’s and CVS Pharmacy contain no pollen.
  • Some types of honey at KFC and McDonald’s contain no pollen.
  • Honey Winnie the Pooh, found in Walmart also contains no pollen.
  • Around 77% of the honey brands at Costco, Target and Sam’s Club contain no pollen.
  • When it comes to artificial honey, it is usually packed with glucose and low-quality mead.

To avoid this, here is how you can detect fake honey:

  • When refrigerated, honey ought to crystalize as a part of a natural process. If this does not happen, the honey is usually altered.
  • Pay attention to labels- everything that states glucose or fructose, do not purchase it.
  • To test your honey you can put a couple of drops of iodine to a glass of water and add honey afterwards. If the honey turns blue, it has a great content of corn starch.
  • Mix water, honey and a few drops of vinegar. If the mixture begins to form foam, the honey has been altered with plaster.
  • To learn if your honey is processed, try to burn it with a match. If it lights up, the honey is nothing but pure.
  • Take a glass of water and put a spoonful of honey in it. If your honey is pure, it should not dissolve. Processed brands and types of honey usually blend with the water which makes them processed.