Pooh Bear would be pretty upset at the nutrition news coming out of CNN today. Reports say that what is sold on the shelves at supermarkets isn't worthy of being called honey. More specifically, researchers looked at the squeezable honey in the little plastic bear containers and the honey packets given away at restaurants like KFC and McDonalds. Out of 60 bear jugs in 10 states most of the pollen had been filtered out. He also found:
- No pollen was found in 76% of samples from grocery stores including TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Soopers.
- No pollen was found in 100 % of samples from drugstores including Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy.
- The anticipated amount of pollen was found in samples bought at farmers markets, co-ops and stores like PCC and Trader Joe's.
- 77% of the honey sampled from big box stores like Costco, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target and H-E-B had the pollen filtered out.
- 100% of the honey packaged in the small individual service portions from Smucker, McDonald's and KFC had the pollen removed.
It sounds weird to think of pollen being in the honey, but it's actually better for you. In fact, allergists reccomend children with pollen or plant allergies to eat local honey as a way of building up an immunity to the allergen.
What do you think about this finding?