Honey. It's one of the purest real foods, righteously healthy and tasty to boot, right? Not necessarily...
Unfortunately, not all honey is created equal and the commercialization of this real food has brought about large scale adulteration and plenty of marketing gimmicks.
1. It starts with the feedstock. Since bees can travel up to a 5 mile radius, getting a certified organic honey is nearly impossible, especially locally (read below for why local honey is so important). When honey is coming from bees feeding on GMO and pesticide ridden crops such as alfalfa, orange, or clover, they are inherently picking up the junk. Look for "Wildflower" honey - while not certified organic, you can rest assured that no one is out spraying wildflowers with pesticides and they are not GMO.
2. Keep it Raw. Most honeys are heat pasteurized at a high temperature to kill bacteria. They problem with this is the bacteria in honey is highly beneficial and they're killing the good stuff!
3. Look for Unfiltered. The most beneficial part of honey is the pollen residue, which is removed in the filtering process. Pollen is rich in proteins, free amino acids, and vitamins, including B-complex and folic acid and is understood to have anti-radiation and anti-cancer qualities. Check out this amazing Mercola article with so much more.
4. Keep it Local. Honey is an amazing anti-histamine and will put Benadryl to shame. Just remember, the bees need to be from your local area to fight your local allergies.
5. High Fructose Corn Syrup. Seriously? Sadly enough, more than 75% of honey in the US has HFCS added, and often not listed as an ingredient due to ridiculous loopholes. Get honey from a source you trust! (Food Safety News Article)