Whenever you go to the grocery store, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer variety of brands available for any given product. This is especially true of honey, where the brands and different subvarieties can be downright confusing. With all that choice available, what's the best choice? Well, it turns out there's a little more you need to know.
A report by Organic Health revealed some pretty shocking findings:
[A] searing investigation of the honey market by Food Safety News found that 76% of all honey bought at grocery stores were treated with a process called "ultra-filtration," which removes not only impurities like wax, but also all traces of pollen. And of the types of brands at grocery stores, the ones that were far-and-away the most likely to be ultra-filtered were generic brands.
Unfortunately, some of the "impurities" that are removed by these processes are actually very good for us. When you see various natural home remedies that involve honey, they are referring to the raw, unfiltered honey that hasn't undergone the process of "ultra-filtration." What makes raw honey so much better?
One ounce of raw honey contains approximately 20 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 16 minerals, and a ton of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Raw honey is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal substance. It is also highly nutritious. It contains significant amounts of B2, B3, B5, B6, C, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, and phosphate.
So how do you make sure that you're getting the good stuff? The best way is to buy honey directly from local farmers at farmer's markets. This honey has the added benefit of containing local pollen, which can help alleviate seasonal allergies if taken regularly. Alternatively, try to shop at natural food stores such as Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, which generally stock honey that hasn't been subjected to ultra-filtration.