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I was tipped to the truth about honey about a year ago while at the farmers market. A farmer told me how most of the honey in stores is nothing like real honey and comes from China….

Now the truth hits the people in a few studies of various brands of honey in large chain supermarkets. Read the ARTICLE HERE.

 

Over the past 18 months we have imported more than 210 million pounds of honey, of which 60 percent came from Asia, mostly China, in addition to about 45 million pounds from India.

Chinese honey is not safe. Chinese beekeepers are known to use banned North American antibiotics to keep their bees healthy. The bees touch our food first and those carcinogenic chemicals are turning up in honey sold in the U.S. In addition, duplicitous packers are cunningly masking acid notes of poor quality honey by mixing it in sugar or corn-based syrups to feign good taste.

In 2002, 154,000 pounds of Chinese honey contaminated with chloramphenicol, banned in Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and the United States because it treats anthrax but is known to cause bone marrow failure through aplastic anemia — turned up in our grocery stores, unknowingly. A half a million loaves of bread were baked with chloramphenol-laced honey and sold in the U.S.

Honey can be a very useful food – as a natrual preservative, to treat wounds, fight allergies, build immunities, among others. Use it sparingly, since it is a sugar, but understand it has benefits in its raw unfiltered state – the way nature intended.

The bottom line of this is – when buying honey, buy local raw honey, preferably from a farmers market and not the big name stores.

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