The sweet syrup made by bees from the nectar of flowers.
75 percent sugars (glucose and fructose)
25 percent water
Honey is often used as a sugar substitute on the assumption that it contains more nutrients.
While this is true, you would need to eat 11.2 kg to get the requirement of calcium, 4kg to get the requirement for iron and 0.5 kg for zinc.
Numerous studies have shown that the ingestion of honey is linked with infant botulism. (1) It is strongly recommended that honey be not given to infants under the age of twelve months. Clostridium Botulinum spores are found in soil and honey products (2) These spores can colonise in the bowel and synthesize toxin. Babies who develop botulism become very ill and often leads to respiratory failure. (2,3,4) Studies have found that some infants who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Europe had positive test results of Clostridium Botulinum spores. (4)Honey has also been linked with Early Childhood Caries (5). The practice of honey on the baby’s pacifier is not recommended.
Honey is safe for children over the age of one year.
1. Tanzi M.G; Gabay M.P
Association between honey consumption and infant botulism.
Pharmacotherapy: 22(11):1479-83, 2002 November
2. Cox N.;Hinkle R.
American Family Physician. 65(7):1388-92,2002 Apr 1
3. Jung A.;Ottosson J.
Infantile botulism caused by honey. (Danish)
Ugeskrift Laeger. 163(2):169,2001 Jan 8
4. Aureli,Paolo PhD;Franciosa,Giovanna PhD; Fenicia,Lucia PhD
Infant Botulism and honey in Europe: a commentary
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal Volume 21(9) 866-868 September 2002
5. Dimitrova M.M;Kukleva M.P; Kondeva V.K
Prevelance of early childhood caries and risk factors in children from 1 to 3 years of age in
Folia Medica (Plovdiv) 44(1-2):60-3,2002
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