Can eating local honey cure allergies?

While talking about the LSE hives at a PhD event last night, someone mentioned that they’d heard that eating local honey could cure allergies.  This immediately got me thinking about how we could market future LSE honey stocks to students living close to campus!

On the surface, it seems like it might make sense, as eating local honey would build up your body’s immunity to local allergens.  But is it fact or fiction?

Unfortunately, it seems like it might be fiction…

This article from the New York Times explains that some research carried out at the University of Connecticut showed no effect between eating local honey and reduction in allergy symptoms.  Why?  Because, as Dr. Stanley Fineman, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology explains, “seasonal allergies are usually triggered by windborne pollens, not by pollens spread by insects”.

So, while local honey might not help out with your allergy symptoms, it still tastes good and helps out bee populations.  Here’s hoping next year will bring some more LSE honey to try!


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