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Imitation Honey

Volume 465: debated on Monday 30 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Food what are the ingredients of imitation honey; and what is its value as food in comparison with that of real honey.

The principal ingredient of imitation honey is invert sugar—[HON. MEMBERS: "What?"]—invert sugar. It sometimes contains other forms of sugar and may be flavoured, for example, with natural honey. There is no appreciable difference between the food values of imitation honey and natural honey.

Invert sugar is the result of breaking up the sucrose with acid. It is a mixture of glucose and fructose.

Can the right hon. Lady say whether there is any difference in taste between real honey and imitation honey?

Was not the recipe of this honey fully described in "Let us Face the Future"?