Supermarket Honey not what it seems?

Use this board for general non-cycling-related chat, or to introduce yourself to the forum.
Posts: 14578
Joined: 22 Sep 2013, 10:03pm
Location: london South

Supermarket Honey not what it seems?

Postby mercalia » 22 Nov 2020, 3:58pm

seems like there are claims circulating that cheap honey you find in Tesco/Sainsburys/Asda is bulked up with sugar syrup.

Supermarket brands of honey are 'bulked out with cheap sugar syrups made from rice and corn'

Tests conducted on own-brand honeys from Co-op, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda
Results suggest they've been bulked out with cheap syrups made from rice and corn – without retailers' knowledge
Honey importers and shops say tests - which analyse types of sugar in honey and pick out those which came from factory rather than bees - are inaccurate
UK imports 50,000 tons of honey each year – about a third of it from China

No mention of Lidl. if there is any truth to this then best buy only the good stuff

I see my jar of lidl honey says it is a blend of EU and non EU honey. hmmm. I didnt know alot of "honey" came from China

Posts: 15230
Joined: 4 Jun 2008, 9:29pm
Location: Warrington

Re: Supermarket Honey not what it seems?

Postby kwackers » 22 Nov 2020, 4:02pm

I buy local honey and I also buy "supermarket" honey for the foxes (not only do the foxes like it but the birds won't eat the bread with honey on it).
There's simply no comparison, local honey isn't as sweet and tastes of something other than sugar.

Certainly wouldn't surprise me if it was the case the honey was bulked out.

Posts: 2765
Joined: 4 May 2010, 10:20pm
Location: Cornwall

Re: Supermarket Honey not what it seems?

Postby peetee » 22 Nov 2020, 6:16pm

I bought some Lidl brand honey recently. It seemed to go cloudy and granulate very quickly. I don’t know if that is a sign of pure or not pure origin.
Winter had arrived in the land of Kernow. Along with it came wet roads and cool winds.
“Oh, my wheels and coupling rods!” Peetee exclaimed.

User avatar
Posts: 5653
Joined: 2 Feb 2014, 1:03pm
Location: 24 Hours from Lands End

Re: Supermarket Honey not what it seems?

Postby Paulatic » 22 Nov 2020, 6:30pm

If you’ve got taste buds you can tell supermarket honey whilst usually acceptable is not the same as good local honey. It’s got to be cut with something to sell it at that price. If you can get it and can afford a good local honey it rasps in the throat.
Whatever I am, wherever I am, this is me. This is my life
E2E info