Vegans avoid consuming honey for numerous reasons, let’s consider the facts.
An average bee produces honey of less than two teaspoons in her month long life. In order to meet the demands of human honey consumption, the bees are forced to produce maximum capacity in harsh conditions. Some beekeepers will easily admit that some bees get crushed when the hive's honey storage slots are emptied. Also, bees are usually killed, or sometimes their wings and legs are torn off, through reckless and dangerous handling. In Nigeria, it is expensive to keep bees alive during harmattan or colder seasons so beekeepers destroy the hives using cyanide gas.
There are also negative effects of consuming excessive honey in relation to the human body. Honey is slightly acidic and continuous intake of acidic foods can erode tooth enamel and the linings of the esophagus, stomach and intestines which can cause acid reflux disease. Over consumption of honey can have chronic effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Botulism (weakness, listlessness, lack of appetite and constipation), which is present in some honey, could cause paralysis and eventual death of an individual. However, if detected earlier, it could be cured. More importantly, the digestive system of infants cannot handle botulism spores. As a result, consumption of honey is not recommended for infants, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers by pedestrians.
Fortunately, there are cruelty-free and healthy alternative sweeteners which can be used as a substitute for honey- agave nectar, date syrup, maple syrup, organic cane sugar and fruit concentrates. Sweet!