Last week we traveled to sunny Los Angeles to exhibit at the Big City Moms show and we were thrilled with all of the wonderful questions we received about honey. The question that parents ask most is, "can honey be consumed during both pregnancy and while breast-feeding?" We figured more people may be interested in this, so we wanted to make sure the information was widely available and what better way to do that than on our blog.
Honey is a natural, wholesome ingredient that is made by the natural process of honey bees collecting nectar from various flowers. Because pure honey is natural, it could be a potential source of botulinum spores, which may put infants under one year of age at risk for infant botulism. These spores are present throughout the environment: in soil, dust, air and raw agricultural products.
During infancy, a baby's digestive system is not mature enough to tolerate certain foods. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics and other health care provider associations recommend that certain foods, including honey, not be fed to infants under one year of age.
Children over the age of one and adults have beneficial bacteria in their intestines that prevent the spores from germinating and producing toxin. For this reason, a mother would not be susceptible to this form of botulism should she be exposed to botulinum spores and it should not pose a risk to her unborn baby or nursing infant. Remember, it's always best to consult your own health care provider for any advice.
Honey is such a versatile ingredient that the whole family can enjoy. As with any new food, introduce honey to young children gradually to help them broaden their tastes. For more information about honey and over 1,500 honey-inspired recipes, please visit www.honey.com.