I needed a few ingredients for a recipe that I planned to make that evening for dinner. After a long needed pit stop for a mani/pedi and eyebrow threading, I popped into the locally-owned grocer a stone’s throw from the nail salon.
This grocer has a large variety of organic and vegetarian foods, so it is a regular stop for groceries. I stopped in the natural foods section first to get some bulk spices, yogurt, and parchment muffin pan liners (muffins come right out of them unlike paper liners which seem to stick). I couldn’t remember if the honey was located in that section of the store or with the jams and jellies.
As I scanned the shelves, I saw a product that I had never seen before: sugar free honey. Curious, I picked up the glass bottle and began reading the label. I was a little horrified at the ingredients list. There was no actual honey in this sugar free honey!
I was a little disturbed to see the big DRI logo on the front of the bottle. Would DRI endorse such a product that is completely unnatural and devoid of any real ingredients, let alone actual honey?
The HoneyTree website states:
HoneyTree is now a proud supporter of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of HoneyTree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey will be donated to the DRI Foundation. The donations support DRI’s ongoing search for a cure!
At first glance of the bottle, you assume that DRI endorses the product, but in reality, HoneyTree donates to DRI. Do you find this to be a tad bit deceptive?
HoneyTree fails to list ingredients on their website (which I continue to proclaim means a company has something to hide by not disclosing). But here’s what was listed on the bottle: Malitol Syrup, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame K, Malic Acid.
Here the break down of the carbs:
- Total Carbs 17g
- Sugars 0g
- Sorbitol 2g
- Malitol 12g
- Higher polyols 3g
Looks like a recipe for a tummy ache (or worse) to me!
What honey did I end up purchasing? Locally made honey from less than 10 miles from my house. Surprisingly it was less expensive than the national brand of real honey.
I remain a firm believer that the least processed foods are better for you. And that means honey, too.