How to Know if Honey is Real?

Most of us like to enjoy a little honey with our pancakes or waffles in the morning. But when we are pouring this gold and delicious substance on our meals, do we really know what is in it?

It is a common misconception that honey is healthy, but in reality, certain types of honey are not as healthy.

The purer the honey, the healthier it is since it does not contain any extra additives. But how can you know if your honey is pure?

Well, continue reading, and you will find several experiments that you can do to make sure that you have pure and unadulterated honey!

What is the Difference Between Real and Fake Honey? 

Real or pure honey is extracted directly from a hive. Beekeepers obtain these in a natural way, and they bottle it up to sell it in a variety of stores.

These are often labeled as natural honey. If the label says otherwise, then there is a chance that the honey is contaminated.

On the other hand, adulterated or “fake” honey is still extracted from bees. The difference is that this honey is mixed with certain chemicals to enhance the flavor, change the color, increase durability, etc.

The purer the honey the best it is for you to consume. And to make sure that you have "real" honey, there are a series of tests that you can take without leaving your kitchen.

You can do these tests in a matter of minutes with virtually no effort. You may need a few things for some of these, but you can find all of these things in your kitchen anyway.

Now that you know everything you need to know let's begin our experiments!

How to Make Sure That Your Honey Is Real?

Before we give you the best ways to test if your honey is real, there is something you should know.

There are several kinds of honey nowadays. All of these different types may vary regarding purity and density, and this may become a problem if you are doing these tests.

Because of this, you may find on more than one occasion that some tests may be inconclusive.

This is why the best way to make sure that the honey is pure is to run multiple tests and check if it fails consistently.

If you have already run two tests and the results say that the honey isn't pure, it may not be genuine for real.

But if you run 2 test and one of them comes negative and the other positive, you may have pure honey.

On the following guide, we will go through the easier tests first, and we will go through the most difficult ones in the end, just to make sure that you choose the best ones for every occasion.

You will also see that the more complicated the test is, the more reliable it is. So, let’s begin testing!

1. Label Indications 

Even before starting any test, this can help you separate real honey from adulterated honey in a few moments, plus you don't need any extra tools to do it.

You could just look at the label on the honey jar and see how many additives the honey has.

For example, if you are buying honey from a small beekeeper, there is a high chance that the honey is unadulterated and that it has no additives.

But if you are buying honey from the supermarket or a convenience store, you may want to check if the honey has any additives to keep it fresh.

The problem with this method is that there is pure honey that needs to be processed before you can consume it, so even if it has some additives in it, it could be genuine.

2. Spilling Test

Take a small drop of honey and drop it on the tip of your finger. Pure honey is a bit denser, and it will not spread around your finger. In fact, if you touch it with another finger, you may find that it may resist a little when you try to separate them.

On the other hand, if it is adulterated, the honey will spread instantly. This is because of the many additives that it may have made it less dense.

3. Density Test

Pure honey is much denser than ordinary honey. This means that if you drop a spoon of honey into a pot or glass full of water, it will fall to the bottom.

You won’t see even a little bit of it floating around.

If it's not pure, the honey will begin dissolving on the water. This is because on many occasions, honey is combined with starch and sugar, and as you may know, these components dissolve in water.

4. Ant Test

It may sound a bit crazy, but don’t worry since no ants will be hurt during this process.

Some experiments show that ants are attracted to raw honey, since it may be packed with honey and starch. If the honey is pure, no ants will be coming close to it, at least for a while.

This may seem a bit weird since you possibly don't want ants in your house or anywhere near your kitchen. But if you need to be entirely sure that the honey is real, why not get a little help (no pun intended).

5. Matchstick Test

A fun-fact about honey is that in its natural state, it can be flammable. Yeah, you read that right, but don’t worry. This may be one of the most reliable tests you can do at home, and you only need a matchstick box and the honey that you are going to test. 

Its pretty easy, just dip the matchstick into the honey, and try to light it against the matchbox. If it burns, its pure honey. If the match has a hard time getting ablaze they honey is diluted with other chemicals.

Bottom Line

As we advance on the list, the more reliable the results become.

So the best option to make sure that the honey is real is to run several tests, as you can see, they don't take much time or effort. So, go try if your honey is pure or not. Cheers!

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