It was discovered by Safety News that 76% of the honey sold in the US is fake. This type of honey contains toxic syrups, sugars and is contaminated with antibiotics and heavy metals.
Bees are fed with Corn Syrup and Fructose
When bees are fed with corn syrup and fructose, the honey produced has no nutritional value. Nutrition is important for healthy and strong colonies. Carbohydrates, which are naturally obtained by collecting honeydew or nectar are very important. They provide energy for all activities within the hive and during foraging. A colony’s supply of carbohydrates is removed when natural sources are limited or when honey is harvested by humans. In this case bees are fed sucrose solution, inverted sugar syrup, or other syrups such as starch syrup or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Bees are Given Large Doses of Antibiotics
Beekeepers give bees veterinary antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, streptomycin and sulfonamides to protect them from diseases. A side effect to this is that the honey they produce is also contaminated with these antibiotics. For example, when chloramphenicol is administered into a human it may cause cancer and aplastic anemia. Also, high doses of streptomycin and sulfonamides are very dangerous to humans.