I just cannot take bee pollen by itself, but it is manageable if I put a teaspoon in my hot herbal tea. Does the hot water destroy it's effectiveness?
When you put bee pollen into hot water that has just been boiled, you will not reduce the healing benefits of it if you wait until it cools slightly. Having bee pollen or honey in tea or something like that is a great way to help bring the healing properties of the herb into your body. Because it is not direct high heat, the properties will remain.
The temperature that bee pollen would lose it's beneficial properties is 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Food that has not been cooked or heated above 118 degree F is considered raw. All the enzymes will be present. Since boiling point is 212 degrees F, you will have to wait a short time for it to cool to get maximum results.
However, it will not be harmful to have bee pollen after it has been heated or used in a baking recipe. The benefits will outweigh not using it. Pasteurization occurs after 140 or 150 degrees F.
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