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Honey is thought to be a healthy good tasting sweetener.  I have heard that people from India

avoid baking with honey because there is a centuries held idea that heating honey causes it to

become toxic or poisonous in some way.  We have all heard that honey looses some of its healthy

benefits when heated.  We also have heard that heating and processing reduces potential for certain

bacteria.  Our food processing industry tries to make things attractive for the consumer and more

profitable for themselves.  Unheated crystallized honey is not as sellable as the golden almost clear

honey that comes in the squeezable plastic  bear.  In India honey may be thought to be more of a

medicine than a food.  Personally, I substitute rice syrup or sugar, maple syrup etc. when honey is

called for in a recipe that requires heating.  It is a switch for me because when I grew up honey cake

was thought to be a treat. 


Any further information will helpful. 


Thanks for this exchange of ideas and baking techniques.


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