Australia’s largest honey producer Capilano, has been found to be selling fake honey. Fake honey or adulterated honey is bulked up with cheap alternatives such as rice syrup and beet syrup, which aren't detected by standard honey tests.

The problem comes from cheap honey imported from China, where they don’t have enough bees to produce the amount of honey being exported. Beehives in China have increased by 6.7% in the last decade (to 2016), but exports have soared by 200 per cent. The numbers just don't add up.

Health impacts of fake honey

Honey is a whole food that contains over a hundred different compounds, that you don't get with refined sugar syrup. Many of these compounds have still not been identified.

Honey also has a different effect on the body. Studies (here and here) show honey is much better for you than refined fructose and dextrose. Some of the benefits:  

  • Has a minimal effect on blood glucose levels
  • Lowers triglycerides compared to fructose which increased triglycerides
  • Keeps you fuller for longer
  • Lowers inflammation compared to fructose which increases inflammation.
Impact of fake honey on local agriculture

Cheap “fake” imported honey hurts the local bee industry. As a flow on effect it hurts farm production, with around 65% of agriculture depending on pollination by bees. 

It's a worldwide issue:

It’s estimated that 30-35% of all honey worldwide is fake.

It's the third-most adulterated product in the world. In the EU 20% of samples tested fail to meet standards

“beekeepers of the world had largely been silent about the problem of adulterated honey for fear of hurting the reputation of the industry.”
Fake honey is part of a massive global food fraud problem 

Fake honey is part of a massive food fraud problem – which means you can't trust the food you buy. There are huge pressures for these companies to cut costs and increase short term profits. The end result is fake or poor quality food, advertised in a misleading way which means you don’t get what you think you’re getting.

According to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, food fraud costs the global food industry an estimated $US40 billion a year.

It’s another reason to grow and produce your own food

One of the big benefits of growing and producing your own food is that you know and control exactly what goes into it.

A bee hive has been on my to do list for a while and now it is clearer than ever why it’s a top priority.

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