There Is Real Honey And Fake Honey – How To Check The Purity Of Honey At Home?

If you want to enjoy most of the benefits derived from honey, you need to make sure that it’s pure. Below you will find some simple test and experiments that can be performed at home in order to verify the purity of honey.

First of all, you need to read the label on the jar of honey, prior to its purchase. Manufacturers are required to mention all the additives and additional substances that have been added to the produced honey. Simply by analyzing the label of the product, you can check if it is organic or extra sweet or artificial flavorings have been added. On the other hand, if you are getting honey from a beekeeper , the honey should be of a raw and unprocessed quality as you are purchasing it straight from the source.

The first step before doing the tests is to know the differences between fake and pure honey.

Real honey, as you would expect, should not come from a factory but from bees. It is the natural product made by honey bees and it is completely pure and organic. Fake honey, on the other hand, is also referred to as impure, artificial or adulterated, because it has added glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, corn syrup, starch, or any other similar product, other than floral nectar.

Important Note: Fake honey can actually do more harm than good because of the extra sugar added.

How to Test The Purity of Honey at Home:


Different types of pure honey can cover a large range of density, flammability, and other characteristics. In practise, results may be unconvincing – that is why you should try several of the tests to see if the honey fails or passes regularly. In many cases, you can get nothing more than a good guess.

Follow the instructions below in order to check the purity of honey at home :

Thumb test

  • Put a small drop of the honey you have on your thumb
  • Check to see if it spills or spreads around
  • If it does, it is not pure
  • Pure honey will stay intact on your thumb

The Water Test to Spot Fake Honey

  • Fill a glass with water
  • Add one tablespoon of honey into the glass
  • Adulterated or artificial honey will dissolve in water and you will see it around the glass
  • Pure honey, on the other hand, will settle right at the bottom of your glass

The Flame Test to Know Pure Honey

  • Take a dry matchstick
  • Dip its tip right into the honey
  • Strike the stick on the matchbox as if to light it
  • If the honey is pure, the matchstick will light with ease
  • The flame will also keep burning off the honey
  • However, if it is with impurities, it will not light because fake honey contains moisture as one of the impurities

Drop Honey on a Paper Towel

If honey has been diluted with water, it may be absorbed or leave a wet mark on an absorbent material such as blotting paper. Pure honey should not be absorbed, but unfortunately neither will honey diluted with most sugar syrups.

Another familiar method to tell the difference is as follows: add some honey in a glass of water and 2-3 drops of vinegar essence and mix well. If the solution becomes foamy, that is definitely adulterated honey.

Of course , there are many other ways to test for this related topic but they have raised debates .

One controversial and a major test is the so-called “ant test “. There are many people who claim that ants are attracted to fake honey due its sugar content but not attracted to pure due to a component that is a natural pest repellent . However, there is not a lot of information to support this test.

Watch the video below to see an example of the methods mentioned above:

Interesting, don’t you think? If you have tried any of the methods above, please feel free to share your results in the comments below.

Video Credit: bonbonquest

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