Honey should never be given to babies, according to Food Unwrapped, because of its “extremely harmful” effects.
FOOD UNWRAPPED is a documentary series that aims to uncover the trade secrets behind Britain’s favorite foods. The show revealed the actual reason why babies should never eat honey on today’s episode.
Food Unwrapped takes viewers behind the scenes of different production lines in order to uncover the mysteries of Britain’s favorite foods. On tonight’s program of Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped, viewers learned why mothers should never offer honey to babies under the age of one year.
Honey is tasty, sweetens breakfast and snacks, and contains numerous health benefits, including enhanced heart health, wound healing, and blood antioxidants.
There’s a reason why bee nectar is so popular.
All of the honey jars, however, state that it should not be given to children under the age of one.
Honey is “unsuitable for babies under 12 months,” according to the label.
But why is it the case?
Presenter Kate Quilton attempts to reach out to a number of customer service hotlines for an explanation, but no one seems astonished that babies should avoid honey.
To solve the riddle, she chooses to visit with doctor Gauri Godbole of Public Health England.
“Honey is a natural product that can be contaminated with spores of a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum,” the doctor stated.
“It can create grave complications in newborns, such as botulism.”
“The one that the mothers are particularly concerned about is infant botulism,” says the researcher.
The doctor stated, “It may dwell in the intestines of an infant under the age of 12 months and create a very potent poison.”
“It would paralyze the baby’s entire body.
“As a result, it has the potential to be a very serious disorder,” the doctor explained.
She said that there is a highly effective antidote for the disease, but it only works if it is given in time.
It could be fatal if you don’t.
But how can the spores that newborns can’t eat make their way into honey?
The doctor added that these spores can be found anywhere, but the problem with honey is its high quantity, as honeybees carry a lot of hazardous spores.
The issue with babies is that they lack the necessary microorganisms to battle the spores once they reach their intestines.
Healthy bacteria begin to thrive in the intestines of the newborn after 12 months of age, protecting them from the fatal effects of honey.
The doctor noted that honey is “perfectly safe” over the age of 12 months, and Kate clarified that these occurrences are “possible but extremely rare.”