For the majority of people, honey is a must-have product at home.
Not only does it have loads of health benefits, but you can also use it to treat some ailments as well as make face masks for smooth blemish-free skin and even exfoliate your lips. However, unbeknownst to many people, there’s fake honey being sold in the supermarkets.

Some vendors are mixing honey with water and other things such as glucose so that they can have more honey in their batch. To be quite honest, pure honey does not come cheap and it’s a shame that you might be spending a lot of money on what you think is pure honey but is not. If you buy honey from out of town, in areas popular with beekeeping and bee farming, it’s likely that you will get pure honey.

However, honey bought from the streets or from hawkers, and the likes are likely adulterated honey, which will not give you any of the benefits that you were hoping to get in the first place. That said, we have compiled a few easy tests that you can use to find out if the honey is pure or artificial.

But before we get to the tests, the first step is to check the label and how the honey looks like in the bottle or

Pure honey solidifies with time. What this means is that it looks like granulated sugar and not watery. On purchase, it may seem like fresh honey but put it in the refrigerator overnight to see if it actually solidifies. You can also read the label to see if certain ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and glucose written on it. These products keep the honey from solidifying and vendors add them to the honey so that they can have a little more honey to sell to unsuspecting buyers.

On to the tests:

1. Using a matchstick
Put a matchbox or tissue paper in the honey and after that, light it up. If it catches fire, then the honey is pure. But is on the other hand it doesn’t light up, then it simply means it is not pure honey because it has additives like water which makes it impossible for the matchstick to light up.

2. Using a glass of water
Pour some water into a glass, then, pour a teaspoonful of honey into the water. If the honey is pure, it will settle at the bottom of the glass but fake honey will start to mix with the water.

3. The swirl test
In a small bowl, preferably a white bowl put a tablespoonful of honey, then pour about a quarter a cup of water into the bowl and swirl. Keep swirling till the honey starts to form a honeycomb shape otherwise, the honey is fake.

4. Using vinegar
Mix a little bit of honey and water in a glass and add four or five drops of vinegar. Pure honey does not produce foam with this mixture. If it turns foamy, then the honey is not pure.

5. Using the thumb test
When you put a little honey on your thumb, pure honey will stay put or very slowly start to drop to the sides. You can also decide to use a spoon or a fork instead. Dip it in honey and hold it up. Honey that is pure will slide down the cutlery slowly but fake honey will slide down very fast

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