South Beach Diet - thoughts on honey

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01-16-2011, 08:01 PM
What is the low down on honey? If I use it ever, it will probably be raw unfiltered honey, and I'll use it only in tea or something, but what's the general feeling on it as a sweetener?

01-16-2011, 08:52 PM
I know we're to avoid honey on SBD, but I have to be honest and confess that I do use it in my tea on occasion, and I don't think I've had any negative reactions from it. I also swear by taking a spoonful of local raw, unfiltered honey every day, starting in early March, to help prevent seasonal allergies. I wouldn't advise it for everyone, but it works for me. :)

01-16-2011, 09:16 PM
cottage - do you think that heating it in tea would have the same effect for allergies? Or would heating it negate that benefit.

01-17-2011, 07:26 AM
heating shouldn't negate the effects. You are inoculating yourself to local pollens.

I have trouble with all liquid sweeteners so don't use much agave or honey. I do use honey when I have a nasty cough though, in fresh ginger and lemon tea. I'd rather do that than take meds and it works better. So far I haven't had problems if I really control the amount. I use. Obviously watch for cravings

01-17-2011, 11:16 AM
I just wanted to say with my son we use local raw honey for his allergies and cough also. It is great, he thinks he is getting a treat.