So GoodApril/May 2008 Issue

Honey and Pollen Allergies

Although no published research confirms it, pollen allergies are said to be helped by consuming local honey.

Allergy to honey does exist but it is uncommon, a result of a reaction to either bee-secreted proteins or to the proteins from plant pollen in the honey. One study has suggested that about 2 percent of food-allergic people may be allergic to honey. Symptoms can range from coughing to asthma, and rarely, anaphylaxis. Infrequently, people with certain plant pollen allergies may evidence allergic symptoms to a honey produced by
bees foraging on those particular plants.

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