Well, honey is a sugar, and sugars are super-fuels for bacteria- both the good and the bad. So I think it's debatable, and case by case, as to whether honey is risk free for IBD. Of course, if one is consuming a high carb, sugary diet anyway, honey is obviously healthier than, say, high fructose corn syrup. Unprcessed honey is loaded with all sorts of nutrients and is certauinly not just empty calories as something like that would be, but it will send blood sugar sky high and, with respect to the gut, provide a superfuel to pathogens and not just probiotic bacteria. But I am biased because I am one of those whose UC is dampened by a low carb diet and worsened considerably by sugars, incl honey (tough for me because I have sweet tooth and always loved honey!) So I would experiment with caution unless one is already taking in lots of sweets and fructose anyhow. Note that the SCD benefited me but not until I basically eliminated the perfectly "legal" honey and other higher carb treats from that diet. But I do know many don't seem to be adversely affected by honey so mileage may vary.
Pancolitis 20 years ago, full med-free remission 10 years,
Flaring/simmering on and off ever since, allergic to all 5ASAs
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 7.5 20 17.5 15 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
TCM, Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, etc), DMSO, TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circumin, boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade newbie
Post Edited (Probiotic) : 12/4/2008 12:13:15 PM (GMT-7)