Dr Oz: Are You Eating Real Honey?
Honey is known as a natural sweetener with a ton of health benefits, even earning the nickname “liquid gold.” But there are a lot of imposters out there claiming to be real honey. The product you’re buying could actually not even come entirely from bees. Each year, 400 million pounds of honey are consumed, and Dr Oz has bees himself to harvest his own honey!
Honey is a natural super food with no added preservatives or coloring. It can heal wounds and boost overall health. But is the honey you’re buying the real thing? According to a Food and Safety News investigation, at least a third of all honey consumed in the U.S. could be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.
Dr Oz: Where Does Honey In America Come From
American beekeepers only supply about half of the honey in the U.S., which means the other half is important from 41 other countries. A good amount of that is likely to be smuggled from China. In order to protect consumers from illegally sourced honey, an industry watch-dog called True Source Honey was created. Gordon Marks explained that they make sure that honey from honey packers is legally and ethically sourced in a traceable manner, all the way from the beehive to the store.
To save money, some companies will add high fructose corn syrup or other artificial sweeteners to fake a good taste.
Dr Oz: Shark Tank Daymond John
Dr Oz welcomed fellow beekeeper Daymond John, who explained that about a year ago someone came on Shark Tank called Bee Thinking. He wasn’t interested at all in the beginning until he began thinking about how important bees truly are. He set himself up with a beehive but was told he couldn’t get a queen bee. He became fascinated with bees, hives, and all the benefits.
Dr Oz: How Honey Is Made
Dr Oz and Daymond tasted each other’s honey, and Daymond shared that he actually had one million bees on his property in upstate New York. Dr Oz then explained that bees suck the nectar out of flowers and plants, as many as 1,500 to fill up their second stomach! They take it back to the hive and pass the nectar to the worker bees who then break it down into sugars. Those worker bees, who are all female, flap their wings to make it the syrupy consistency we know it to be. Be sure to look for True Source Verified labels when shopping for honey at the grocery store!
Dr Oz: Manuka Honey VS Buckwheat Honey VS Acacia Honey
Daymond and Dr Oz love to eat raw honey. Raw honey is minimally processed, unpasteurized, more of a milky color, and tends to be thicker. Dr Oz then shared three of the most popular honeys and had Daymond try them to determine which one is the best. First was a woman who enjoys manuka honey, saying it helps her smile and her skin. It usually costs $15, because it’s imported from New Zealand and has the most antibacterial properties.
Next, they looked at buckwheat honey, which looks a lot like molasses. It has more antioxidants than any other honey and comes from the United States. Dr Oz shared that it has a very earthy taste and stressed the importance of buying raw buckwheat honey to get the antioxidants. It costs about $10 a bottle.
As for acacia honey, it’s great for baking because of its sweet taste. It’s the sweetest and has 10 calories for 1/2 teaspoon. It costs $8.99 for a bottle of acacia honey. As for which one was the best in Daymond’s eyes, he selected the buckwheat honey.