The Basics

Honey is essentially a type of sugar, but it adds flavor that traditional white sugar does not. The nutritional breakdown of one tablespoon of honey is:

Calories 64
Fat 0 grams
Carbohydrates 17 grams
Fiber 0 grams
Protein 0 grams
Sugar 17 grams

Though honey does contain a small micronutrient profile within these macronutrients, containing trace amounts of zinc, potassium, and iron. So, what does this all mean for you?


Does Honey Cure Allergies?

Seasonal allergies are the scourge of many. Usually occurring in the spring or summer, seasonal allergies generally serve as little more than a burden. They occur when plants start to make pollen — pollen that your body simply isn’t used to handling. When you inhale pollen, your allergies flare up.

The theory behind honey curing allergies is similar to that of an allergy shot. Local honey contains pollen from the immediate area. So, by eating local honey, you are ingesting local pollen. As such, your body becomes less sensitive to it, and your allergy symptoms can subside.

Honey is nature’s, original sweetener. Without the need for processing (or even agricultural processing), local honey is a great way to sweeten your foods all-naturally. And unlike sugar, honey has a long list of medical benefits. In recent years, honey has been reported to offer numerous such benefits, including anti-cough properties, anti-inflammatory, and more! Some people even say that honey cures seasonal allergies (more on that later).
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