How to Differentiate Genuine Honey from the Fake One

Honey is a delicious natural sweetener, and it offers some amazing health benefits as well. However, you will be missing out on many of these benefits, and even potentially causing harm to your body, if the honey you are consuming is not genuinely pure honey. So how do you know if that jar of golden goodness is a fraud? Let’s look at some of the easiest ways you can test the authenticity of honey at home.

Check Your Labels Before Buying

First things first, always make sure you check the label of any honey prior to buying it. The FDA requires that manufacturers list exactly what is in food, and this means that any extras will be listed there. If you buy honey straight from a beekeeper, well then you can’t get a more raw quality of honey. If you’re buying it from a farmer’s market, then you may not be sure of where it actually comes from or how pure it is.

If you’re in one of the two boats where you may not have pure honey on your hands, you can get out of the sticky situation by conducting these at-home tests. Keep in mind that because there are many different types of pure honey, your results may not always be 100% conclusive. However, at the very least these tests will allow you to make an educated guess about what is or isn’t in your honey.

Below are four easy tests you can do at home:

Thumb Test

Giving new meaning to “the rule of thumb,” this test is quick, easy, and is pretty spot-on when identifying pure honey. Simply place a small drop of honey on your thumb; if it runs off your thumb or spreads around, then the honey you have is NOT pure. Pure honey will maintain its shape and location on your thumb.

Water Test

For this test, all you need to do is fill a glass with water and add 1 tablespoon into the water. Pure honey will settle straight to the bottom, while the artificial one will essentially dissolve into the water.

Flame Test

Because pure organic honey is flammable, this is an easy test to measure honey’s purity. Simply take a match (unlit), dip it into the honey, then strike the match; if it is pure honey that you have on the match, it will still light, but if you get nothing, then you know you have an adulterated form of honey.

Paper Towel Test

A fourth test you can administer requires you to drop a small amount on a paper towel. Pure honey will not be absorbed, and some versions that have been doctored up will either be absorbed or leave a wet mark.

Vinegar Essence

You can also use vinegar essence to test the purity of your honey at home. Simply add some water and about 2 or 3 drops of vinegar essence to your honey and mix together; if you get a foamy solution, then you have an imposter on your hands.

There are a few other tests that are talked about, but most of those have little support or have simply been debunked. Stick to one of these tried-and-true methods mentioned above to test the purity of your liquid gold, and you’ll have a good idea of what is actually in that golden bottle.

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