Is Honey Safe?

Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. It is composed of carbohydrates, including fructose and glucose, and small amounts of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.

Honey has been used as a sweetener and as a traditional remedy for various ailments for centuries. Some people believe that honey has medicinal properties and may be beneficial for certain health conditions.

However, it is important to note that honey is still a form of sugar and should be consumed in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugars per day, and men consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams) per day.

Honey is generally safe for most people to consume, but some people may be allergic to it or to the pollen in the flowers from which the honey was produced. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to honey may include hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, and anaphylaxis. In rare cases, people may develop a condition called botulism from consuming honey contaminated with the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Children under the age of 1 should not be given honey due to the risk of botulism.

It is always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional before adding honey to your diet or using it as a home remedy. They can help you understand the potential risks and benefits and make an informed decision. Being from the Cahaba region, we prefer local honey. However, if not you can order Alabama honey here.