Honey – For Allergies

Q: I’m having terrible allergies this year and I’m being forced to stay indoors. I’ve been told to find locally grown raw honey to eat daily. Where could I get some?

A: Although this is widespread homespun advice, the allergy fighting effect of local honey is not proven. In one study, participants were given local honey, commercial honey and honey-flavored corn syrup. No difference in their spring allergies was noted. On the other hand, I want to support local beekeepers in their efforts to maintain vital populations of these pollinators. See www.gabeekeeping.com for local honey sources.