Honey story

Honey is very useful and at the same time a highly allergenic food product. Therefore, it is necessary to introduce it gradually and cautiously into the child's diet.

Honey can only benefit if it appears in the baby's diet after 3 years. By this time in the gastrointestinal tract of the child the digestive glands are already formed, which produce enzymes that break down this product. And the immune system will "learn" not to let allergens into the body. But under favorable circumstances honey is contraindicated to babies, who, for some other reason, have already developed an allergic reaction. And even if allergies in any form are affected not by the child himself, but by someone from his close relatives, the introduction of honey into the diet of the crumbs will have to be abandoned, and most likely for a long time.

If the baby is not at risk, doctors advise giving him honey. After all, it is one of the most useful carbohydrates. In its composition about 300 necessary components and most (up to 90% of the composition) are sucrose. Under the influence of the enzymes of bee saliva, it is split into fructose and glucose, which are digested better than analogous substances contained in refined sugar from beet or reed. In addition, honey contains useful salts of potassium, calcium, sodium, chlorine, iron, fluorine, zinc, copper, manganese and iodine. It contains many B vitamins and organic acids (tartaric, citric, malic, lactic, oxalic).

To introduce honey into the child's diet should be gradually. Let the baby first slip it off the tip of a teaspoon. If after a couple of days the allergy does not show up, the crumb can be offered porridge sweetened with honey, or pancake with a honey-fruit filling. Then you should observe the state of the baby for a few more days. And only after making sure in the complete absence of allergic reactions, you can include honey in the diet of the child as a natural and useful sweetness. Up to 5 years, honey should be given to the baby in 1-2 days to 5 g.

Right choice

In nature and in the market there are several varieties of honey, and not all of them are equally useful. Before buying, it's best to consider a few points.

Bees extract honey from either nectar plants, or from padi and honey dew. In the first case it is a question of flower honey, in the second case it is a padevo. The latter is monoflern (from one plant) and polyflex. The first variety is considered to be less allergenic, so it is better to start acquaintance with it. Among monoflorous varieties, lime, buckwheat, heather and chestnut are especially useful. Natural honey should smell nice. The absence of a smell indicates the presence of foreign additives. The division of honey into layers indicates that sugar syrup was added to it. Quality honey is wound on a spoon with folds or long threads; bad flows down with it in small drops.

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