Honey is a natural sweetener that is produced by the bees by using nectar of the flowers and it has become the go-to ingredient for most people these days.
Want to shed kilos? Substitute your morning tea with warm water, lemon and honey. Drizzle it on top of your dessert for a distinct flavor! Cut your sugar intake without compromising on the sweetness with the help of honey.
But does honey deserve all the love in the world? Most importantly, is it completely safe?
Here are 6 risks and side effects of honey:
1. Honey Increases Blood Sugar Level
Honey is not so good for people suffering from diabetics because of the high amount of sugar present in it.
Honey doesn’t contain any fiber which means consuming honey can increase the blood sugar level of a person because the sugar present in honey gets absorbed by our blood more quickly in comparison to sugar with fiber. So, if you have diabetes or if you are suffering from low blood sugar condition then you should be cautious while eating honey because the chemical composition of honey is the same as table sugar which means one should follow the same precaution while consuming honey as if he was consuming regular sugar.
The maximum recommended dosage of all sugars ( whether it is from sugar, honey or processed foods) is ten tablespoons per day.
2. Honey May Cause Weight Gain
Obesity is something that can ruin your overall health, and honey can be the culprit.
As honey contains calories in high amount, it contributes heavily to one’s body weight. Additionally, it holds simple carbohydrates in place of complex ones, which break down easily in the body as soon as it is consumed. As a result, the energy is piled up as body fat, and you end up gaining excess weight.
Honey can also help burn fat if taken in moderation. Use lemon and honey water for weight loss.
3. Honey May Cause Toxic Reactions
Honey that is produced from the nectar of Rhododendrons is known to contain certain toxins that may cause adverse reactions in the system (research).
This type affects the cardiovascular system directly, and cause low blood pressure, chest pain, and several other heart problems.
Always check the source of the honey before purchasing. If you have had reactions or allergies with its use in the past, ask a doctor before using it.
4. Honey Increases Risk of Bleeding
Honey is not suitable for people with an increased risk of bleeding (internal or external).
If you suffer from bleeding disorders or you drugs that promote bleeding, you should be very cautious while consuming honey as it can worsen their condition.
This natural substance should not be used with natural herbs and ingredients like Ginkgo Biloba, garlic and saw palmetto.
5. Honey Can Cause Stomach Cramping and Bloating
Honey is good for our digestive system and helps in keeping it healthy. However, eating too much honey can have an adverse effect on our digestive system giving rise to conditions like stomach cramping, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. The maximum recommended dosage of honey is ten tablespoon per day.
The main reason behind this negative effect of eating too much honey is the good amount of fructose present in honey. The high amount of fructose in honey decreases the functions of small intestines to absorb nutrients properly.
6. Honey May Lead to Tooth Decay
Too much of honey can harm your teeth, it is sugar after all.
According to researchers, honey is made up of 82% sugar (natural sugars – glucose and fructose). It means that one tablespoon of honey can give you almost 17 grams of sugar.
Consuming honey every day in large volumes can stimulate bacterial activities inside our mouth. Its consumption leads to tooth decay to a considerable extent.
Keep your intake of honey under control and you should be good.