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Old 09-29-2005, 09:08 AM   #11
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Comb Honey

I tried out the comb honey, and I decided I like liquid honey better. It tastes good with other foods. I didn't eat the comb honey with anything else. I can't handle even a small amount of comb honey, because it's too much. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I'll buy it again.
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Old 09-29-2005, 09:31 AM   #12
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I love all kinds of honey. We have friends in Mississippi who had a swarm of wild bees build inside the ceiling of their garage. She has a host of severe allergies, so they had to get them out of there. They waited until cold weather, then used a shop-vac to vaccuum out the bees while they were inactive. Then she processed the honey by squeezing it through panty hose.
She has extensive flower beds...iris, daylilies, peonies, roses, etc...and the honey was superb.

Question: what is it in honey that is bad for pregnant women and young children? I thought honey was very healthy.
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:41 AM   #13
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Honey is healthy, but it is a very srong (what's the word) allergan (or something like that). The thing that trigers severy allergy. Okay, who speaks English here, please help me out.
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:46 AM   #14
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I think it *can* cause botulism in infants... not sure about the preggers though... Oh wait~ maybe botulism can be transmitted via umbilical cord?
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:50 AM   #15
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Please tell us why pregnat women should stay away from honey.

I am mystified.

Thanks in advance,
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:54 AM   #16
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As christygirl suggests, the culprit is botulism. Honey can often contain botulism. It's weak enough that adults with normal immune systems can deal with it. An infant's immune system is not yet developed well enough to deal with it. I would guess that the botulism can be transmitted to the unborn infant.
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:56 AM   #17
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Honey would only be not recommended for a pregnant woman if it's unpasteurized. Pregnant women are told to stay away from all unpasteurized foods, soft cheeses like bleu cheese, lunch meant, and raw fish/sushi because all can pose a threat of various food poisonings which, if severe enough, can affect the fetus.
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Old 09-30-2005, 08:59 PM   #18
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Andy and PA have it right. With infants it can cause botulism. And it's not just that they shouldn't have it in their first year, but not until they have a healthy immune system, usually closer to 3 years old. The botulism wouldn't be transmitted to the fetus, but like PA said, pregnant women should steer clear from any unpasteurized foods.
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Old 09-30-2005, 09:34 PM   #19
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And Honey NEVER goes bad! What a remarkable trait!

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