Written Paper

Bee pollen as a health food  [1984]

Larkin, Tim

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Bee pollen has been promoted as an extraordinarily nutritious food, and often claimed to have therapeutic qualities. The claim that pollen is a "giant germ killer" is untrue. Pollen, like other perishables, is readily attacked by bacteria. Pollen may be the best available food for bees but, like cat and dog food which may be the best for those animals, there is no basis for claiming that it is the best, or anywhere near the best for human beings. Claims that pollen is the richest source of protein known, that it relieves allergies and that it enhances athletic performance have also been refuted by scientific studies. There is no scientific evidence for any therapeutic or other benefit from bee pollen. (emc)


F.D.A. consumer (USA)