Honey is a natural sweetener that is produced by the bees by using nectar of the flowers. It is being used as a medicine since ancient times and has a special place in the eyes of Ayurveda, which is also known as the medical science of ancient times. Not just the Ayurveda but present day medical science also agrees with the benefits of honey. Honey is good for our health and is also a wonderful product to keep our skin and hair healthy.However, just like with every other thing, too much honey is not good for our health and in this article we will know about the major risks and side effects of eating too much honey.
Side Effects of Eating Too Much Honey
(1) Can Cause Stomach Cramping, Constipation, Bloating Etc.
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.
Consuming honey more than this level can do more harm than the good. 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.
(2) Increases Blood Sugar Level In Our Body
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 get 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 sweetness and chemical composition of honey are same as table sugar which means one should follow the same precaution while consuming honey as if he is consuming regular sugar. The maximum recommended dosage of all sugars ( whether it is from sugar, honey or processed foods) is ten tablespoons per day which mean you should watch your sugar and make sure that you are not getting more than ten tablespoons of sugar per day ( from all sources combined).
(3) Malfunctioning Of Gastrointestinal Tract
Overdose or over consumption of honey on a regular basis can have a very negative effect on our gastrointestinal tract. This is because honey is high in fructose and eating too much fructose might interfere with our small intestine ability to absorb nutrients. Honey is also slightly in acidic in nature and exposure to acidic food on a long-term basis can lead to malfunctioning of the gastrointestinal tract by eroding the lining of stomach, esophagus, and intestines.
The maximum recommended dosage of honey is ten tablespoons of honey per day and if want to keep our gastrointestinal tract healthy and avoid eroding of the inner lining of the stomach, esophagus and intestines then we should always keep this limit in mind. Eating too much honey can also give rise to conditions like diarrhea, stomach cramping, bloating etc. as we had discussed earlier.
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(4) Can Lead To Weight Gain
Taking Honey with warm water or lemon juice promotes weight loss and helps in losing extra calories and shedding off those extra pounds of our body. However, it is important to note that eating too much honey and/or consuming honey alone is not so good for our weight and can make us obese. This is because honey is high in sugar which can easily get absorbed into our blood stream and give rise to weight gain and obesity because of the high amount of calories present in it.
So, if you are thinking of using honey for weight loss and if you want to keep your weight under control then the best way to consume honey is to consume it on an empty stomach with a glass of warm water or with a glass of lemon juice. As I mentioned earlier, the maximum dosage of all sugars (combined) is ten tablespoons per day and if want to stay healthy then we should always keep this limit in our mind.
(5) Not Suitable For People With Allergies
Honey is not suitable for people with allergies and those who are allergic to pollen, celery and other allergies related to bee activities should not consume honey. When it comes to allergies then one should not take chance as honey can be toxic to people with allergies. Other than this, excessive consumption of honey can also give rise to some allergic reactions like lung inflammation, voice change, itching, difficulty in swallowing and wheezing.
(6) Should Be Avoided By People With Low Blood Pressure
Blood pressure plays an important role in keeping us healthy and both high blood pressure and low blood pressure can have an adverse affect on our body. It is, therefore, important for us to make sure that our blood pressure stays under control.
Consuming honey can lower the blood pressure of our body which means if you are suffering from low blood pressure then should avoid honey as it will just worsen your condition and in the same way if you are suffering from high blood pressure and are already taking medications for the same then also you should avoid eating honey as eating honey along with the medicines for high blood pressure will drop your blood pressure to such a low level that it can put a negative impact on our body.
Moderation is the key and if you still want to enjoy eating honey then it is best to first consult with your doctor as he/she will be the best to decide if you can ( or if you can’t) eat honey.
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(7) Increases Risk of Bleeding
Honey is not suitable for people with increased risk of bleeding ( internal and external) and people with bleeding disorders and drug habits should be very cautious while consuming honey as honey can worsen their condition. In some cases, it will be best to avoid honey.
(8) Erode Enamel Of Teeth And Cause Cavities
Excess consumption of honey is not so good for our teeth health and can make our teeth weaker by eroding the enamel of teeth. Too much honey can also give rise to stain on our teeth and make them look ugly. Honey is a bit acidic in nature and can give rise to dental cavities by attracting acidophilic bacteria.
(9) Might Cause Insulin Insensitivity
Over consumption of honey on a long term basis can have a very negative effect on our gastrointestinal tract and can even give rise to conditions like stomach cramping, bloating, diarrhea, constipation etc. because of the ability of honey to hinder the nutrition absorbing power of small intestines. This could become a permanent problem which means the problem of nutrients absorption will stay even there is no honey in the system.
Honey is acidic in nature and can erode the enamel of teeth and lining of stomach, esophagus and intestines which can cause acid reflux disease. Eating too much honey might result in insulin insensitivity.
(10) Not Recommended For Infants, Pregnant And Breastfeeding Mother
Honey is not so good for infants and infants must not be given even traces of honey as it can have a very adverse effect on their health. Some honey contains botulism spores which are not easily handled by the immature digestive system of infants and can lead to botulism poisoning which is identified by the signs of constipation, weakness, listlessness and decreased appetite. Uncontrolled botulism could cause paralysis of muscles and eventually death. Because of this risk associated with honey, pediatrics don’t recommend any honey ( not even in traces) for children under 12 months, and for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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