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For some reason or another, honey seems to have a better reputation than white table sugar. But actually it has no nutritional advantages over plain sugar. As a matter of fact, although sugar is OK for infants, honey should never be given to a baby less than one year of age. It can be dangerous. A number of separate studies have shown that there may be an association between honey consumption in infants and the subsequent development of a very serious disease called botulism. This appears to be especially true for infants below six months of age who were given honey. Because of these findings, the United States Center for Disease Control and the Honey Industry Council of America both agree that there is no place for honey during the first year of a baby’s life. After that, honey is perfectly safe.

Dr. Alvin Eden is chairman of the department of pediatrics at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center. Dr. Eden has authored several books including “Positive Parenting” and “Healthy Kids”.

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