Everyone has their own take on the health benefits of honey. There is a lot of merit to many of the claims. I wrote an article on using honey to treat chronic heartburn. The problem, it turns out, is that one jar can work wonders on heartburn and the next jar does nothing. I have direct experience with this. I am not a doctor and have not set up any experiments to test my ideas.
However, I think that the honey is either killing off bad bacteria in the gut or it has something to do with one of the enzymes in the honey doing other things in the gut that causes relief from heartburn. If it does turn out that honey is killing of bacteria such as H. pylori, then it would make sense. The Helicobacter pylori was only first identified back in 1982 and is associated with an ulcer risk.
I like honey and do not know if the jar I bought today will have any positive effect on heartburn but I do know it is absolutely delicious. This is my first time trying buckwheat honey. This jar is from Maple Valley Farms in Pittsburgh, PA. It tastes like a mix of honey and molasses and is very good.
I want to get a jar of goldenrod honey. I would like to see if I can notice any anecdotal evidence of it reducing seasonal allergies when spring comes. I would have to start eating it now for it to be of benefit. The idea behind it is that one gets gentle exposure to pollens left behind in the honey and then builds a resistance to them when the season hits.