Pollen sub & what's really in it
Been doing lab testing this past month and was surprized by the results and findings.
I tested the four major pollen sub manufactors on the market today, this was in patty form just as the bees would eat, this WAS NOT IN DRY FORM.
I compared them to mine. The main was the "FAT & PROTEIN" profiles.
Keith's patty has : FAT, over 9% & PROTEIN, over 16% .
There is still much to learn & test, if we take the bee pollen, it has many different parts to it.
Only one patty had more protein than mine with a differance of 1.25 % but was lower in the fat by 8%.
The rest fell way short in at least one of the catigories.
Then you have suppliers (manufactures) saying how they have more protein and they give you a chart using Brewers Yeast, Feedbee,BeePro ect... We should be comparing finished product, ie, what the bees eat.
This, BTW, is all percent of DRY WEIGHT, I tested theirs in the one pound patty form that they sell, the protein content was a little over 10% & there fat was less than half of mine. :(
Again, I tested all in patty form just as the bees eat it, anything less is insignificant!
Hold on.... OK, go ahead, I'm under the bus now . :)
Which one for the small beekeeper?
From your tests, can you recommend one brand or another for us small beekeepers buying retail?
My panties are in a bunch until I find out....