Fake Honey Is Everywhere – Here’s How To Recognize The Difference

Raw honey is a natural food of excellent quality in terms of health benefits and nutritional properties. But, how can you recognize if, in fact, the product you have bought is real and pure?

This yellowish-brown liquid is a product of natural origin, with a characteristic viscous texture and a very sweet taste. It’s produced by bees from the nectar of flowers and secretions of living parts of plants, with the help of an enzyme known as invertase.

Depending on the flower or plant where the bees gathered the nectar, we can find different types of honey, with different properties, benefits, texture, aroma, and taste. Here we show you just a few:

  • Pine, or forest – dark in color, with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
  • Wildflower, or meadow – has an amber color and it’s good for the immune system.
  • Clover – floral sweet and light in color. It’s good for baking.
  • Manuka – strong in taste, with powerful antibacterial properties.
  • Sourwood – with a caramel-like flavor and light in color. People say that it’s good for cancer.
  • Buckwheat – dark in color and resembling molasses. It’s rich in antioxidants and iron.
  • Rosemary – light yellow in color and useful for cardiovascular issues.

Pure Honey

Even though it’s a natural product, today we can find adulterated versions on the market. And sometimes, even the labels can give us misleading information. Thus, we need to learn how to differentiate pure from adulterated honey. Here we show you a few tips and tricks that can be of great help!

How To Know If The Honey Is Pure Before You Buy It

If you want to be sure that you’re buying a good quality product, then you need to read the labeling before you buy it.

For the product to be pure and of good quality, the label should not show ‘commercial glucose’ or ‘high fructose syrup’. These two additives are widely used in the production and packaging of fake honey, to prevent it from solidifying.

How To Know If The Honey Is Pure After You Have Bought It

Once you have read the labeling and checked the list of ingredients used in production, you can buy the honey and do some basic checks at home. You should look at the following characteristics:

  1. The pure product has a characteristic aroma.
  2. When serving it, it does not tend to separate into layers.
  3. Presents a smooth, thin texture.
  4. Drips without actually breaking.
  5. It doesn’t generate foam.
  6. It has natural impurities, such as propolis, pollen or wax microparticles.

Once you have these characteristics in mind, you can perform the following home tests.

Water Test

Put a teaspoon of honey in warm water. If it dissolves easily in the water, it’s most probably adulterated with a fructose syrup. If it remains stuck to the spoon, it’s pure.

Fire Test

Light a match and try to burn the bee product. This fire test will help you test if water has been added to it. If it starts to burn easily, then it’s pure. If it cracks and refuses to burn, then it’s diluted with water.

Paper Test

Drop a little bit of honey on a piece of paper. If it leaves a moist patch, then it’s mixed with water.


Vinegar Test

Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with 3 drops of white vinegar. If the mixture does not start to foam, then it’s pure.

Bread Test

Spread honey on a slice of old bread and let it rest for 10 minutes. If the bread hardens further, then it’s pure. If the bread gets wet, then it’s fake.

Finger Test

Get a little bit of honey and rub it between your fingers. If it’s sticky, then it’s fake. If it starts to get oily while you rub it, then it’s pure.

It’s very important for you to know what kind of honey you have bought, whether it’s pure or fake. And, we hope that some of these characteristics and tests can help you find out. But, keep in mind that they are not 100 percent accurate. Thus, it’s important to buy this natural product from a reliable source.

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