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That little squeezy bear full of honey that you bought at the grocery store is meant to provide you and your family with a healthy alternative to sugar. You’ve read that honey is a super-food for the body, with good antioxidants, antimicrobials, and pollen to help stre
ngthen the immune system. But is this true of the honey purchased from your supermarket? Studies at Texas A&M University have shown otherwise, and the Pooh Bear on your pantry shelf ain’t talkin’!
Along with its health benefits, pollen in honey is the one and only way to determine where that honey has come from. The FDA says that any honey that does not contain pollen “isn’t honey.” Pretty cut and dry, right? But guess what? The FDA isn’t checking the honey in our country. A process called ultra filtering, a technique refined by the Chinese, has brought a dump of tons of illegal honey on the U.S. market. And it’s not just a lack of pollen you should be concerned about… much of this honey has been found to contain illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.
Why would anyone want to diminish the quality of their honey by removing beneficial pollen? According to Richard Adee, an American honey producer with 80,000 hives in multiple states, “There is only one reason to ultra-filter honey … It’s no secret to anyone in the business that the only reason all the pollen is filtered out is to hide where it initially came from, and the fact is that in almost all cases, that is China.”
Concealing the origin of where honey is produced is a nasty business called ‘laundering.’ Food Safety News purchased more than 60 jars, jugs and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Prepare to be shocked by their findings! Read on for the full story… [more]