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Here are 5 things that happen when you eat too much honey

Published on:5 January 2021, 18:12pm IST
The healthy alternative to sugar, honey can also be harmful for your health if you eat too much of it.
Shreya Gupta
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Too much honey isn’t sweet for your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We have known about the goodness of honey since forever. Made by bees from the nectars of flowers, honey is considered to be a healthy alternative to sugar. And given that it’s considered a warm food, helps with weight loss, and has plenty of other health benefits—making it a part of your regular diet seems like a no-brainer. But have you ever wondered what happens when you have too much honey? 

While honey is healthy, too much of anything is bad—including this sweet nectar. Here are 5 reasons why you should consume honey in moderation: 

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1. It can increase your blood sugar level

Honey also has sugar and carbohydrates—that too in large amounts. So when you go overboard with honey, your blood sugar level tends to shoot up. If you are diabetic, you can see an abnormal rise in your blood sugar levels with can be dangerous.

2. Honey can lower blood pressure

Honey is considered a great ingredient to help control blood pressure. But when taken in excess, it can also put you at the risk of low blood pressure or hypotension. In the long run, this can affect the functioning of your heart.

3. It can lead to stomach issues

If you suffer from constipation, then honey can make it worse. And even if you don’t, too much honey can block you up thanks to the high content of fructose in it. Moreover, honey can also lead to bloating and/or diarrhoea as a result of your body’s inability to digest the sugars in honey.

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For good stomach health, don’t go overboard with honey. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
4. It can lead to weight gain

If you are watching your weight, then controlling the amount of honey you are consuming is very essential. The high content of calories, sugar, and carbohydrates present in honey can aid weight gain.

5. Honey can also pave the way for dental problems

When you have too much honey, you are also having too much sugar which can promote tooth decay. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, about 82% of honey is made of sugar and this is enough to damage your teeth. Moreover, honey is also sticky in nature, meaning it can cling to your teeth further promoting tooth decay.

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

So, how much honey should you have?

Since you have learnt about the potential side effects of having too much of honey, it is important to practice moderation starting today. About 50ml of honey per day is optimal and you shouldn’t consume more than that. However, if you suffer from any health ailments, do consult with your doctor before making honey a part of your diet.

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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.