Allergy Myths Revealed
Experts Dispel Misconceptions About Allergy Causes and Remedies
Fact or Myth? Eat the local honey and you won't get seasonal allergies.
There may be a (pollen) grain of truth to the idea behind it, but eating honey and the pollens it's made from won't fix your seasonal allergies.
"The notion is that pollen causes allergy, and honey is made from pollen. Perhaps if you took the pollen and ingested it … then it might somehow build up a tolerance," said Douglas Leavengood, an allergist at Gulf Coast Asthma and Allergy in Biloxi, Miss.
The problem with that thinking, said Leavengood, is that the pollens creating allergy problems aren't the ones bees use for honey.
"It's the tree, grass and weeds that are the allergy pollens. They broadcast [their pollen]," he said.
The pollens bees use in honey are the heavy, sticky pollens from flowers that rely on bees to spread it so the plants can reproduce.
"The pollen the honey is made out of is not the pollen that causes the allergies
. It's not tree pollen and it's not grass pollen," said Leavengood. "As far as allergy goes, it's just the wrong type of pollen."