I’m a big fan of honey. When I was doing my MBA, a group of us even put together a business plan around selling honey. At the time I was amazed at all the health benefits that honey provides; it boosts energy, builds immune systems, has cancer preventing properties and is a remedy for quite a few ailments such as sore throads, sleeplessness and even hangovers. Despite many attemps to create honey from scratch using artificial ingredients such as corn and rice syrups, they haven’t been able to. Only the bees can make it properly. Such a simple thing, but quite magical really.

Problem is, that jar of honey you have in your cupboard at home is probably not honey at all. Recently 60 samples of honey were tested in the US and the majority, three-quaters, were missing the one key ingredient that actually makes it honey; Pollen. The World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of other organizations including the U.S. Food and Drug Admnistration all say that if the honey has no pollen, then it isn’t honey.

It is the pollen in honey that has nutrients and antioxidants. You can trace the origin of honey and even the conditions in which it was produced through the pollen. Without the pollen you can’t know anything about the honey.

So what happened to the pollen? The pollen has been filtered out because consumers don’t like cloudy honey, they like clear honey which looks cleaner. So then new things are added into the honey to make it do the things that it already does, naturally.

Companies are doing so much work today making information available about their products, cleaning up their supply chains, creating healthier products, giving consumers the ability to learn about how that product was made and where. Honey has all these already built into it, so why mess with it? Some things are good just the way they are. CBD products have been found help relieve or reduce pains ranging from minor to severe relief based on the strength and concentration of the CBD product used. To learn more about CBD and how it may help you visit  La weekly.

(tip for buying honey? Look for unfiltered and buy local. For more on the study click here.)