Is honey safe to eat while you are pregnant? In a nutshell…yes – but there is a but. It needs to be pasteurized before it is safe to eat.
People often think that honey must be unsafe while pregnant because it is unsafe for babies. Therefore, a mother carrying a baby must be the same, right? Wrong.
Babies shouldn’t eat honey due to a bacteria which can germinate in a baby’s gut potentially leading to botulism and a possible fatal illness. Mothers are different. A healthy adult is not at risk of botulism from honey even during pregnancy.
Most honey you can buy from stores is pasteurized. Pasteurization of honey is done to destroy yeast cells. It also helps to liquefy any microcrystals in honey, which delays the onset of visible crystallization. Places you may find unpasteurized honey is at roadside stalls, farmer’s markets or from the farmers themselves. These are to be avoided, at least in the interim.
There are actually many positives to eating honey during pregnancy. It is full of many great properties and nutrients that can make it a great addition to your diet. Some of the benefits are:
- Honey has natural antibiotic properties.
- It contains Iron which can be helpful during pregnancy.
- It is a natural sweetener, great if you have been told to monitor your weight.
- It’s a good natural remedy for things such as coughs. If you are wanting to minimize drug intake while pregnant, honey could help.
So in summary, yes you can eat honey while pregnant. Enjoy a cup of tea sweetened by your favorite brand of pasteurized honey or delight in a yummy piece of toast. Remember there are lots of benefits for you and your baby. Pasteurization is key.