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Adding honey to hot water can actually be toxic for you. Here’s why

Published on:12 November 2020, 09:30am IST
Adding honey to hot water can be like poison and you should avoid drinking it. Here’s what you can do instead.
Shreya Gupta
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Honey is considered to be an elixir when it comes to fixing health woes and that’s why it is used so widely in our homes. From the various health benefits to the positive effect it has on our skin and hair, honey is truly powerful. In fact, we’re pretty sure your mom must have given you warm lemon water with honey to cure a sore throat at least once in your lifetime.

With how integral honey has been to our lives, it’s an easy guess that most people have been advised to take honey with hot water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. It is believed doing so clears all the toxins in your body and keeps you healthy. But, we want to tell you something about this.

Honey, when mixed with hot water, can become toxic

We don’t intend to scare you but if you’ve been having honey warmed up then you need to probably stop doing so. Turns out, honey should never be warmed, cooked, or heated under any condition.

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Raw honey is the best when you want to reap its benefits. GIF courtesy: GIPHY

A study published in the journal AYU found that at a temperature of 140 degrees, honey turns toxic. When you mix honey in hot milk or water, it turns hot and turns toxic.

In addition to this, researchers have also stated that honey contains natural sugars. Now, the thing is that heating anything that contains sugar can release 5-hydroxymethylfurfural or HMF which is believed to be carcinogenic in nature.

So, here’s what you can do

The best thing you can do is purchasing and consuming raw or unprocessed honey. Yes, it might take more research and effort to procure it but nothing will match the purity that raw honey can offer.

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You can have a teaspoon of raw honey every morning. In addition, avoid heating water or milk when you’re adding honey because it might turn toxic.

So, honey can be absolutely amazing for your health but you have to consume it the right way.

Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.