Eating All Natural Kern Honey
The taste of raw natural honey is simply delicious - many people eat it alone, straight out of the jar. It is rich and has a fuller taste than nearly all other honey, even honey from health food stores. The reason is our bees are not fed corn syrup to boost honey production. In Kern Honey you will see different colors and a true variety of tastes, and it comes from where the bees collect nectar.
The consistency of truly raw honey can be a little different than what you find with typical honey. When natural honey is raw and unfiltered, as it cools, it begins to crystallize. This is a totally natural process that doesn't take away any of the honey's benefits. In fact it is proof of its purity. To return it to a smoother consistency simply heat the honey jar in warm water (never boil or microwave).
Did you know that raw unprocessed honey has in indefinite shelf life? Yes, it never goes bad. Raw honey contains enzymes that preserve it. It also contains some tiny pieces of pollen, propolis, and honeycomb.
For allergies we recommend a teaspoon or two once a day for at least 30 days so your body can begin to create immunities to local airborne Kern County allergens*.
We have never heard of someone overdosing on honey. Read the FDA's write up on honey; the ONLY thing said negatively is not to give to children under one years old.
Honey Composition and Allergens
New labeling regulations, under The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 requires food labels to identify in plain English if the product contains any of the eight major food allergens - milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and soybeans. The Act does not include honey, and honey is not listed as an allergen.
Raw natural honey is not a major allergen. It is rarely negatively associated with allergic reactions, but the pollens, which are present in the unprocessed product, can contribute to some food allergies.
Honey, especially when not fully processed, may contain residual proteins containing pollen from the plants the bee has visited, and proteins are the cause of most true food allergies. Such proteins are found in the eight major food allergens mentioned above. The major components of honey are simple sugars. These are carbohydrates and do not cause allergic responses.
Because the filtering process used for most commercially available honey generally removes most of these pollens and other "impurities", allergic reactions stemming from the consumption of honey are very uncommon. Raw honey, favored by health food proponents, contains a greater amount of pollen due to its lack of processing, and is therefore more likely to cause an allergic response, though be it rare. When they do occur, allergic reactions are usually mild and present in people who have sever reactions to specific pollen. Severe allergic reactions resulting from the ingestion of honey are extremely rare, according to medical literature. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns. Resource: