Only a detailed and expert analysis is a guarantee that honey is all natural and organic. But, if you want to know whether the honey you just bought is natural or what many consider to be “fake”, try these simple tricks.
8 Ways to Tell if You Have Natural Honey of Fake Honey
1. Carefully Read The Label
This is the very first step that will help you choose the right, additive-free honey. Producers have to label the content and the percentage by a certain amount.
2. Real, Natural Honey Does Not Stick
This is a good trick. Take some honey and rub it between the tips of your fingers. Real honey will absorb in your skin easily. If the honey remains on your fingers and sticks, it means that it is loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners which keeps the honey from being easily absorbed.
Heat up a few teaspoons of honey in your microwave. High heat works fine. Real honey will eventually caramelize, and fake honey will become all foamy and bubbly due to all of the added ingredients.
Put a few drops of honey on a sheet of paper. If it does not absorb in the paper after a while, you have got some natural honey. Fake honey contains a lot of water and it will be absorbed into the paper right away.
5. Water and Honey
This is probably the easiest way to tell if there are added ingredients inside of your honey. When soaked in water, real honey makes lumps and falls to the bottom, while fake honey melts.
6. Tingling Sensation in The Mouth
Pure honey gives you a tingling sensation on your tongue. Fake honey has almost no effect on the palate.
7. Honey and Bread
Spread some of your honey on a slice of bread. If the bread becomes too hard, your honey is all natural. Fake honey will only dampen the surface of the bread, due to the large amount of water in it.
Real natural honey crystallizes after a while, and fake honey will keep its liquid, syrup-like composition.
Skin absorption: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2686636/
Fake honey water content (paper and bread): http://localhoneyman.co.uk/462-2/
Mixing water with honey: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2011/11/tests-show-most-store-honey-isnt-honey/#.VqKSp_krLIW
Honey and tingling: http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/honey/safety/hrb-20059618