Honey Can Cause Serious Harm to the Body: How to Eat it Properly

Honey is one of the few products that does not spoil if stored properly and has no expiration date. Moreover, this product is very healthy.

Glavred found out how much honey you can eat per day and when it is dangerous for children.

Healthy properties of honey

Honey is 13-22% water, and 75-80% simple carbohydrates (glucose, fructose, sucrose). It contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, E, K, Z, beta-carotene, and folic acid, but in very small amounts. It also contains enzymes, phytoncides, and other biologically active substances. But we should consider it as a source of simple carbohydrates, of which it contains the largest amount.

How much honey should you eat per day?

Honey is a good substitute for sugar, which contains practically no nutrients, says nutritionist Svetlana Fus.

Honey is advised to be consumed within 1-2 teaspoons. We need to control the intake of simple carbohydrates contained in the body. The average daily recommended amount is 30-40 g.

A teaspoon of the product contains about 10 g, 7-8 g of simple carbohydrates. But we must remember that we also eat simple carbohydrates with fruits and other foods.

Who shouldn’t eat honey?

Despite all its obvious benefits, honey has contraindications.

  • First of all, this applies to people who are allergic to this product and its components.
  • Sometimes it happens that only a specific type of honey causes an allergy.
  • It is also worth considering that when heated above 60 degrees, it also releases oxymethylene furfural, a toxic substance that can cause serious harm to the body.
  • People with diabetes should use it in strictly limited quantities and preferably after consulting a doctor.
  • If a child suffers from exudative diathesis, it is recommended to consult a doctor before giving him, honey.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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