Raw honey gave me a cold? Or not?

by Nicole B.

Hi. I am 25 years old and eat very healthy. . . mostly organic and little meat. I starting eating a tablespoon of organic raw honey in my green tea every morning. I started this about a week ago. I am a school teacher and I haven't been sick all year yet so far. About 5 days after eating the raw honey I developed somewhat of a sore throat and cough as well as some conjestion. I don't really know if i have "allergies" or not. . but do u think that the raw honey could have made me sick? and should i stop eating it? i appreciate your advice. . thanks,


Nicole


Hi Nicole,
It is certainly possible but very difficult to say. Its possible that you reacted to the pollens naturally found in the raw honey or perhaps you have a slight allergy to some of the other compounds in it. Again, it is tough to say but possible. I would suggest you stop consuming it until you recover from your cold. Once recovered, re-introduce the honey back into your diet in lower amounts and see how you respond.

Bee healthy ~ Angela

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Sep 06, 2017
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Um-,no I beg to differ re allergies and their progress
by: Anonymous

Knowing many people with allergies, actually they often occur out of the blue and progress over time. That's how allergies work.

Aug 14, 2017
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Honey causing disomfort in mouth and throat
by: CandiedGinger

I too have had issues such as some of you are sharing after having consumed raw honey. I recently came across some research that shows the chemicals in seed coatings, herbicides and pesticides does effect bees and the honey they produce. The symptoms may be from these chemicals in the honey and not the honey itself. If one person in your family has a negative response like these to honey i suggest no one in the family consume that brand, move to a different brand of honey instead. Im planning on trying other honeys to find one i dont react to, hopefully i find one.

May 28, 2017
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Dry cough ,sore throat
by: Kathy Pickard

Thanks everyone for validating my suspicion. I was at an apiary and consumed raw honey. Within 24 hours I developed a sore throat and horrible dry cough. I am achy as well. How long will this persist? May have to see the doctor.

Feb 23, 2017
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Honey and sore throat
by: Anonymous

I bought a local honey in the pleasant hill California area and started developing a horrible sore throat. I stopped for three weeks and then thought maybe I could have some again and within 24 hours the sore throat was back

It's good to read these comments because now I know I'm not crazy and it very well could be the honey

Jan 06, 2017
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Me too!
by: Anonymous

I have noticed a connection for about five years. Honey gives me a sore throat and then I get sick with cold like symptoms. It's an unusual reaction, but I stay away. It could be pollen. Does honey harbor mold or bachalism?

Dec 24, 2016
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Raw honey causes sore throat
by: Anonymous

I am a molecular biologist. I recently started taking raw honey for its anit-inflammatory properties to help with pain. After about a week of eating some raw honey in the AM and after dinner, I too noticed a sore, raw throat. It is not a cold. I noticed too a rawness inside my upper lip, and my taste sensations are more acute with everything I eat. It seems the honey has some property of permeating tissues of the digestive tract (other than stomach, it seems due to the stomach's mucosal lining) and altering them--as if sucking fluid out of the cells that comprise the tissues of the mouth, tongue, and throat (possibly of the esophagus too?). I will have to stop the honey until the sore throat is healed, then only take the raw honey every few days and see how I do. Raw honey does have many healthful benefits; however, it seems it must be taken in moderation.

Aug 28, 2016
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Going through the same thing
by: David

I am currently going through the same thing, whenever i eat honey i get flu/cold like symptoms.

Jan 25, 2016
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Me too
by: Anonymous

I used to get a sore throat from eating honey. I found it odd since so many people use honey to relieve a sore throat. I avoided it for many years but recently started taking a teaspoon of natural honey every day and I haven't had any reaction. Not sure if my allergy (if it was an allergy) cleared up or if the natural honey was a better choice for me. I have never had a problem with sugar in any other form so I know it was the honey.

Nov 29, 2015
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Honey gave me sore throat
by: Anonymous

thanks guy for the earlier comments about honey given sore throat. I started searching the internet to find out weather honey can cause sore throat, then I came up on your comments. I'm herbal medicine student,. I don't catch cold that easily, but recently I started to notice that whenever I eat honey, my throat feels sore and if I continue eating it it develops into cold. I first notice it after I came up with a wonderful remedy for my son who is 5, it always gets rid of his cold but whenever I eat it my throat became sore.

Nov 27, 2013
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Yes, it's possible
by: Anonymous

I stay at home all the time, except one day a week. Every time, and I mean that literally, that I eat honey, I get a sore throat. I am sure it would lead to a cold as it has before if I keep eating it. It is sad I can't eat it without getting sick because I love it.

Angela's Comments:

I suspect what is happening is that you have a sensitivity/allergy to the sugars in honey. I have had clients who have sugar allergies and get sore throats when they consume cane sugar. So it is possible. You could also be reacting to the pollens found in the honey, which could depress your immune system.

Hope that helps,
Angela

Jun 13, 2011
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Cold from Raw Honey?
by: Bee Keeper

Hi Nicole, It is impossible for honey to give you a cold. You said you are a teacher so you are around sick kids all the time. It's just a coincidence. Raw honey is good for you and has antibacterial properties. It's healing. It could be an allergic reaction but it is a lot more likely you would have a reaction the first time you ate it as that is how allergies tend to affect people.

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