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How Good Are Th­ese 10 Brands?

Come to think of it, the colour it­self en­chants – as if it is con­vey­ing the magic of flower nec­tar trans­formed into a sweet, golden po­tion. But there is more to honey than its tempt­ing colour and flavour. In its pure form, honey is a pow­er­house of health benefits – from fight­ing ul­cers and can­cers to treat­ing coughs and cuts.And in its not-so-pure form? That is what this re­port aims to cover – whether the var­i­ous brands of honey meet the ba­sic re­quire­ments. This be­comes all the more cru­cial in view of the claim made by sev­eral stud­ies that much of the honey sold in re­tail stores is not ex­actly what the bees had pro­duced.

Honey has been for a long time a tar­get for adul­ter­ation. Dis­hon­est traders started mak­ing money by adding cheap com­po­nents to honey and sold them at high prices in the mar­ket. Dif­fer­ent types of honey vary in terms of com­po­si­tion, shelf life, cost and pack­ing.The aim of the present work is to test the qual­ity of 10 brands of In­dian honey. The test pro­gramme was de­vel­oped as per pa­ram­e­ters listed in the na­tional stan­dards like FSS Rules, In­dian Stan­dard and Ag­mark. It may be noted that as per Bureau of In­dian Stan­dards (BIS), honey has been cat­e­go­rized into three grades: Spe­cial, Grade A and Stan­dard. The tests were con­ducted in an NABL-ac­cred­ited lab­o­ra­tory.

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