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Don't let claims on honey labels dupe you; If it's made in America, it's likely not organic
Seattle P-I ^ | December 30, 2008 | ANDREW SCHNEIDER

Posted on 01/02/2009 6:49:24 AM PST by Daffynition

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To: Daffynition

Seems that if you want organic honey, you don’t want it to come from bees that forage crops that are sometimes sprayed. As the article notes, there can be no guarantee that the bees were monogamous towards their organic orchard.

A solution for those of us who prefer to limit our second-hand pesticide intake would seem to be to purchase desert honey, such as mesquite. Less or no spraying of desert crops like that. Tasty, full-flavored honey, too!


51 posted on 01/02/2009 4:11:02 PM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast ([In the primaries, vote "FOR". In the general, vote "AGAINST". ...See? Easy.])
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To: metmom
"I asked my allergist if there was any truth to the claim that honey helped with allergies and he said yes."

Yes. It is a similar principle to allergy shots, which are injections of small, calibrated quantities of the allergens the patient is sensitive to, and which gradually desensitize the patient. But since honey is administered orally, its desensitizing effect is kind of a crapshoot. There's a reason that allergy shots are shots and not pills. But, can't hurt. Shouldn't be fed to infants, though, and keep in mind it'll rot your teeth as well as any Mounds bar.

By the same token, I knew a guy who lived in a neighborhood rife with poison oak who swore that if he ate (as in put in his mouth, chewed, swallowed) a few leaves of poison oak early each Spring, he would be rendered immune from contact with the stuff for the rest of the year. Not sure I'd recommend that, but the principle would seem to be similar.
52 posted on 01/02/2009 4:19:20 PM PST by RightOnTheLeftCoast ([In the primaries, vote "FOR". In the general, vote "AGAINST". ...See? Easy.])
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To: Erik Latranyi

THe average person is incapable of making a risk benefit analysis.


53 posted on 01/02/2009 5:31:12 PM PST by DariusBane (I've got a bracelet too :))
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54 posted on 01/02/2009 6:34:24 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: MyTwoCopperCoins

Bee sh*t is what comes out a bee’s butt and it isn’t honey.


55 posted on 01/02/2009 6:41:12 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?)
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To: Daffynition; Coleus; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

I tried agave syrup the other day, surprisingly similar in taste to other syrups, at least when used on food (in my case, cooked oatmeal). Never heard of it prior to that.

The Truth about Agave Syrup:
Not as Healthy as You May Think
by John Kohler
http://www.living-foods.com/articles/agave.html


56 posted on 01/02/2009 7:06:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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I’m going to Whole Foods today and am going to check it out. ;)


57 posted on 01/03/2009 7:02:48 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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It’s probably cheap, or cheaper than maple syrup — except at the health food store, where everything is pricey. :’)


58 posted on 01/03/2009 8:07:13 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Grade A - dark amber ‘maple syruple’ is going for about $50./gallon about now. The new run should be starting soon. Yum!


59 posted on 01/03/2009 9:02:43 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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There are all kinds of issues at work here. There are enough honeybee pests that beekeepers are often forced to use pesticides in their hives. These pesticides get into the wax and eventually some of it gets into the honey. There are some passionate beekeepers (mostly hobbiests like me) who are doing "integrated pest management" to avoid pesticides if at all possible. I also try not to smoke my bees as the smoke is a contaminant.

Bees do forage for miles around the hive and there is no telling what they will bring home. If a neighbor misapplies a pesticide (Sevin for example) and the bees drag it back to the hive, you can end up with a large pile of dead bees in front of your hive, and a hive that may collapse.

Raw, unprocessed honey contains enzymes and flavors that are destroyed by heat. It also can contain small amounts of salmanella which is why it shouldn't be fed to humans under one year of age (although there is debate about that, too). Those enzymes are much of what gives honey its healing properties. Raw honey is absolutely the best thing for burns. Most store-bought honey is pasteurized which destroys the enzymes and much of the flavor.

Beekeeping is a great hobby. It is not all that expensive and it is one way to guarantee the quality of your honey.

60 posted on 01/03/2009 12:00:12 PM PST by Lafayette (You would think that Patrick Henry said, "Give me DEMOCRACY or give me death!")
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To: Lafayette
I envy you and your hobby. It's something I always wanted to do! Maybe someday!


61 posted on 01/03/2009 12:39:49 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: SunkenCiv

They didn’t have any at WF [boohoo!].... where did you get yours?


62 posted on 01/03/2009 12:41:01 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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Didn’t, had it at some friends’ house.


63 posted on 01/03/2009 4:24:19 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: Daffynition
Tried it once. It's not for me.


64 posted on 01/03/2009 4:25:00 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: Daffynition
Tried it once. It's not for me.


65 posted on 01/03/2009 4:25:00 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
There's before .....................and after.
66 posted on 01/03/2009 8:15:26 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: Daffynition
Yipes!


67 posted on 01/03/2009 8:32:11 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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68 posted on 01/03/2009 8:41:24 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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69 posted on 01/03/2009 8:45:32 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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70 posted on 01/03/2009 9:08:22 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: Daffynition

Buy local honey — check out your farmer’s market. It will help against pollens in your area too, for your immune system / allergies.


71 posted on 01/03/2009 9:10:57 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Thanks. As mentioned upthread ... some selling honey are only bottlers ... you have to find the beekeeper. ;)


72 posted on 01/03/2009 9:17:22 PM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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73 posted on 01/03/2009 9:41:16 PM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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74 posted on 01/04/2009 6:25:55 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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75 posted on 01/04/2009 10:05:44 AM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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To: JoeProBono
Meh. That's not a beehive .... this is a beehive...........


76 posted on 01/04/2009 10:21:36 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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77 posted on 01/04/2009 11:02:02 AM PST by JoeProBono (Apparitions are in the eye of the beholder)
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