Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey.

It’s important to buy your honey from a local beekeeper. Look at farmers markets or natural food stores that stock local products. For instance, I buy my honey at Whole Foods, but the label on the jar says it’s from bees kept in a backyard in my town.  I pass this house when I walk along a certain trail, and I like knowing the honey is the real thing.
From the article:
•76 percent of samples bought at groceries had all the pollen removed, These were stores like TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Soopers.
•100 percent of the honey sampled from drugstores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy had no pollen.
•77 percent of the honey sampled from big box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and H-E-B had the pollen filtered out.
•100 percent of the honey packaged in the small individual service portions from Smucker, McDonald’s and KFC had the pollen removed.
•Bryant found that every one of the samples Food Safety News bought at farmers markets, co-ops and “natural” stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen.

5 thoughts on “Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey”

  1. A Whole Foods is about to open 3 blocks from where I live. Why do we need the pollen? I have yet to give birth to a flower or a bee. Or even to fertilize one…

    1. Julie, Darke has a link below that explains pollen. Basically, the pollen is important because it contains the antidote to local allergies and adds to our general health. You want your honey to be pure and unfiltered beyond the basic filtering to clean out wax and other debris. You also want it to be raw, since the it’s loaded with good bacteria.

      Note that it also may have bad bacteria, so it should never be given to a child under one year.

      Pollen is also important for proving the provenance of the honey, which is the main point of the article I quoted.

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