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Friday, January 3, 2014

Is it safe to consume unpasteurized honey?

Nah, cuba baca apa kata bijak pandai pemakanan barat tentang honey.  Walau pun beberapa perkatan, namun mereka telah mengakui akan kebaikan honey.

Under certain circumstances, yes, it is not only safe but also healthy to consume unpasteurized honey. Several studies have found raw, unpasteurized honey to have anti-bacterial properties.

Yet, the unpasteurized honey you purchase needs to be organically produced and carefully collected and packaged with good quality control and sanitary practices. Often, locally produced and seasonally appropriate honey is the most likely to provide the highest quality and safest product. You will also want to make sure that your jar of honey is carefully closed and remains airtight so that moisture from the air will not mix with the honey.

Along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, however, I would make one exception. I would not recommend raw, unpasteurized honey, or even pasteurized honey, for infants under one year of age unless this honey has been certified free of spores. (The spores in this care are spores from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is responsible for infantile botulism.) This recommendation is simply erring on the side of safety. Pasteurization is not reliable for deactivation of spores nor is filtering, and for newborn infants, I believe such a precaution is worthwhile.

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