Honey and Probiotics?

I’ve read that Honey is a natural antibacterial… so, if that’s true, wouldn’t it be detrimental to add it to the home-made yogurt on SCD … wouldn’t it kill the probiotics? Or, do enough of the probiotics get through to help. I mean, I know the acid in your stomach kills the probiotics too, so maybe not many actually get to the colon? Am I right? Or does it not matter?

11 Responses to Honey and Probiotics?

  1. Adam
    Adam October 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

    You got a great question, I sure dont’ have a clue. But I’m super intersted in others thoughts here as I pound down the honey every day. I’d say we go through 32 ounces of it every week and a half to two weeks…… Seems to be doing me fine though and its been over a year of hitting it hard, so as fair warning, I’m pretty skeptical if someone comes in bashing it. Great question, and thanks for posting it.

  2. Kat October 28, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    If honey is eaten alone on an empty stomach or applied topically then it does act as an antibiotic/antimicrobial substance. It can be helpful for stomach ulcers and H Pylori especially.

    If honey is diluted by being mixed with anything, it loses it’s antimicrobial properties. One of the ways honey works to kill bacteria is by smothering the bacteria and encasing it.

    So, if you’re having honey in your yogurt, it’s not able to kill the bacteria in your yogurt. Yogurt is also good at getting most of the probiotics past your stomach acid.

    If you’re taking probiotic supplements, they’re in a capsule anyway so they won’t be affected by honey or by stomach acid.

    • b February 17, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      you know this is factually false right? Honey do not lose its antibacterial properties when diluted, but instead, it gains it.

      One of the thing that kills bacteria in honey is in Glucose oxidase which switches sugar to acid and produces peroxide is only activated when its diluted.

      • Madie October 17, 2017 at 8:59 am #

        Hey b, this is of interest – can you point towards any literature or other sources where I can educate myself on this mechanism? Having trouble finding this point about dilution via google myself :)

  3. Dede Cummings October 28, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Me too–I am use honey and maple syrup–no sugar at all, so a good idea to look into this! Seems to be fine with me, too and Kat’s comments make sense. I think I will ask my naturopath.

  4. Tiffany Young July 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Good question, I’m going to do an experiment to find out. I’m going to add raw honey to raw apple juice and see if it ferments. The probiotics in the apple juice should reproduce if honey is not harmful to them.

    Kat, it’s true that organisms can’t grow in pure honey because it has such a low water content. However, I read in a scientific journal that they have identified a particular protein in honey that is antibacterial. So, I think it is possible that honey could still be antibacterial, even when diluted.

    • shane November 2, 2016 at 5:09 am #

      If you add honey to apple juice you will get an apple mead.
      The fermentation will make a very rough alcohol

  5. Tobe Sexton January 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    Honey, in fact, seems to help the production of “Probiotics”. So they work together. =D

    “The present results suggest that honey has protective effects dependant on its antimicrobial properties. Also honey enhances the endogenous colonic probiotic bacteria (bifidogenic effects) that has several beneficial effects (i. e. detoxification and antigenotoxicity). ”
    ~ http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/6/6

  6. Ellen November 9, 2015 at 11:57 am #

    I heard that certain honey like Manuka for example has antiseptic effect for the entire body. If you eat raw honey in non-heated form, you get benefit of certain enzymes, which can help you digest food more effectively as we all loose certain enzymes as we age, although if you are looking for enzymes it is better to eat grated apple or radish for that matter. I know not all bacteria (good or bad) are killed by stomach acid that is why people get sick via E-coli and not everyone gets sick eating same food due to different immune system.

  7. Lorene January 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm #

    Raw honey is antimicrobial due to containing 10 strains of good bacteria – so it does not kill our good gut bacteria – it supports overall gut health.


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