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Should You Avoid Honey During Pregnancy?

Should You Avoid Honey During Pregnancy?
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Honey has antibiotic properties and many purported benefits, according to pediatrician Alan R. Greene. It might help reduce allergies, inhibit the growth of H. pylori, a bacteria that causes ulcers, and can even be used topically for burns. Pregnant women are often advised to make dietary changes, but there is no reason to give up honey.

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You might think you need to avoid honey during pregnancy because infants under 1 year shouldn't have honey of any kind. Honey can harbor botulinum spores that can grow in an immature digestive system and become lethal at small doses. A healthy adult, pregnant or not, can safely eat honey and typically not worry about getting botulism, because the spores won't survive your digestive system to produce bacteria.

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