I came across this article, “Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition” and was a bit surprised that ultrafiltration was removing so much pollen.
When honey is pasteurized it is heated to such high temperatures that it kills a majority of the beneficial nutrients. Honey that is sparkling clear and free from wax and other debris has usually been processed with excessive heat, which may have destroyed many of honey’s good enzymes and vitamins. Processed honey is not honey at all.
On the other hand, 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. Source: “Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition“
I decided to check out a honey producer and see if this claim was true or not. Remember, there are FDA standards that indicate that pollen cannot be removed in the production of honey.
Check out Sue Be Honey’s Filtration statement:
Statement from William F. Huset, VP of R&D, Sioux Honey Association:
- Honey produced by Sioux Honey Association is not ultra-filtered.
- All raw honey purchased by Sioux Honey contains pollen and can be tested for country of origin by pollen analysis.
- The presence, or absence, of pollen in our honey products is not a food safety issue, nor is its presence required by the USDA, the FDA or American tradition.
- Sioux Honey filters honey to remove hive debris and prevent granulation, which incidentally removes some of the pollen.
- Sioux Honey filters honey according to USDA standards; the same way we have filtered honey since the 1950s. This filtration is macrofiltration, designed to remove visible particles, and much less aggressive than ultrafiltration.
This statement was dated November 22, 2011.
In 2011, the same information regarding pollen removal was identified. A that time, Sue Bee declined to comment. As you can see, Sue Bee listened to the concerns and addressed the concerns.
To, me this topic shows me that food labeling is still in its infancy and food production needs to be documented and reported with respect to its nutritional value.
A very interesting story.
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