Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Honey Don't!

I get a lot of mail from different agricultural groups, but the one that I am presently bonding with is the news letters from the National Honey Board. One cause they have been championing is how companies can use the word Honey when advertising and marketing products, yet some products that do so don’t even have any honey in the product. The National Honey Board has a goal to make it so in order to use the word Honey in packaging, honey must be the primary sweetener used in the product.

When you go to the market you will see so many products with Honey in the product name. Sometimes the word “Honey” is larger than the product name itself. Read the labels and you will be surprised. The primary sweetener in Honey Nut is sugar. Honey is #2 down the list. Here’s a good one, Honey Made Graham Crackers are first sweetened with sugar and then high fructose corn syrup and then sweetened more with normal corn syrup and then with molasses and finally the fifth sweetener is honey.

I like that the NHB is trying to flex their muscle, especially seeing how the maple industry totally lost control of the use of the word “Maple.” There is now more artificial maple flavoring out there now than there is real maple products.

I do understand that some of these products are dietary institutions, and I’m not suggesting you abandon buying these tasty treats, but I do want you to realize the corporate manipulation that is going on and how you are being duped.

I challenge you to read the labels on honey ham, honey roasted nuts and anything that has the word “Honey” on the label as a selling point. Let me know if you ever find anything where honey is the primary sweetener.


Blogger loopymamain06 said...

"Honey" is the primary sweetner in our home......"Honey would you....." "Honey, can you?" along with "honeycakes" schnookums, and Muffin.......:)
loopymama who reads lables more than her family realizes, and who just recently had a discussion with a young mother on raw honey and babies.

5:36 AM  
Blogger richpix said...

While reading labels (a great idea) take a look at what's in foods with "natural" on the label, too.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Robb Kidd said...

As an addendum, most products have high fructose CORN syrup, which is a direct result of the obscene subsidies of industrial corn.

As well in Vt, which is known for its maple syrup. B & G foods has the audacity to sell "Vermont MAID" syrup which they claim "tastes more like real Maple Syrup than any other table syrup."

Buy the way thanks for the honey.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Natural sez- "eat your honey"

5:23 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

I will usually have eaten something for four or five years before I look at the label and see what's in it. Probably not the most prudent thing, I know. Hell, I could have been eating termite larvae in treacle with lead shavings and wouldn't know it until somebody pops up and says "Hey, that's bad for you!" I tell my wife all the time "I eat it and I like it, don't tell me what's in it!" I have so few illusions left in life. Please leave me a few!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Got friends who call themselves 'bee ranchers' and keep us well supplied with fresh honey & combs in exchange for occasional work on the 'ranch' 'chinery.

'High fructose corn syrup' is one of the key reason for overweight Americans. It metabolizes far slower than cane, beet, etc sugars and packs a few more calories per serving. One thing I ALWAYS noticed when returning to the USA for meetings etc was that the soft drinks tasted very different from those in countries still using granulated sugars vs corn syrup. Hint: using corn sweeteners DID NOT improve taste!!

We're having bee trouble here still which has somewhat reduced the wild blueberry yield. Hard to get adequate supplies of 'rent-a-bees' due to bee population losses over the last decade.

10:21 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Loopy, right no honey for any child under 1 year of age.

Rich I have, and it's usually quite unnatural.

Robb, they feed HFC to bees in the winter, now is their any wonder why they are becoming extinct?

Anon, Yow!

Darev, I am here to build your life while tearing it down.

Mike, they should research bumble bees. They are actually much better polenators for cranberries and blue berries

5:45 AM  

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