Top 10 Side effects of honey

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Top 10 side effects of honey

5 Apr , 2016  

Honey has endless benefits. It is recognized as a medicine in Indian Ayurveda. From being anti-inflammatory to antiseptic honey can be used for skin, body and health care. Besides being a super amazing all rounder honey has few side effects too. Here I am going to share ten side effects of honey. 


Honey is considered ad medicine according to Ayurveda

Honey is considered as a medicine according to Ayurveda


Side effects of honey


Side effects of honey - Avoid giving honey to children less than one year old

Avoid giving honey to children less than one year old


  • Honey should never be heated. On heating honey or mixing it in hot beverages honey releases a compound Hydroxymethylfurfural. This compound can damage human DNA.
  • Stomach problems due to over ingestion. If you take more than normal quantity of honey you can experience problems like diarrhea, cramps and bloating. The small intestine function may be disrupted. This may result in poor absorption of nutrients from food.
  • Allergic patients should avoid honey.  Patients having allergy from pollen should avoid it. Problems like asthma, difficulty in swallowing, shortness of breath, itching, tongue inflammation, lung inflammation and sneezing may arise after taking honey. Consult a doctor immediately if this happens.
  • Avoid honey during pregnancy. 60% of the time honey manufactured are full of contaminants. They are highly processed. Hence, during pregnancy, it should be avoided.
  • Harmful for diabetic patients. Honey raises the sugar level in blood. It is less than sugar or dextrose still dangerous for people suffering from insulin resistance and diabetes. Consult a doctor if you want to take honey.
  • Erosion of tooth enamel. Honey being high in sugar levels can cause tooth cavity. It also erodes tooth enamel which is very hard to build up once gone.
  • Collagen damage. Yes, honey, after all, can damage your skin as well. Being high in sugar quantity it can damage collagen and make skin loose.
  • Not a big supplier of vitamins or minerals. Raw honey contains trace vitamin and minerals like niacin, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin B6. The point is these make-up about only two percent of honey’s total content.
  • Not good if you want to loose weight. You might think skipping the sugar and ingesting honey instead might help you. This is one of the major side effects of honey. The more you eat it chances are you may gain weight.


Side effects of honey - Over eating honey can give you weight problems

Overeating honey can give you weight problems


Honey is a miracle product made by honey bee from nectar. Honey bee drinks the nectar and regurgitates (vomits out) it to be eaten by another honey bee. This procedure is repeated till honey comes out. Then they use their wings to fan out the water and make it a thick liquid. It sounds gross but the fact is everyone loves honey. It heals our gut. You know how important is keeping your gut healthy for good skin and body. It also fights many diseases. I use it as an ingredient in my hair and skin care routine.


Honey bee busy in making honeyHoney bee busy in making honey

Honey bee busy in making honey


My formula is to keep things in moderation. I do not take sugar in anything. I am not a beverage girl either. So the only sugar consumption is through fruits, rice (in the form of carbohydrates) and honey (in lemonade). This is keeping me alive. How do you use honey? Share in the comment section below.

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I am a self-practising naturotherapist with a primal diet. Primal diet has helped me maintain my weight and internal health. Herbal lifestyle has helped to rejuvenate my skin and body. Hence, combining the diet and herbal lifestyle creates harmony between my mind, body and skin.

21 Responses

  1. safi says:

    Very informative post. Didn’t know honey had side effects.

  2. Clementia says:

    Interesting post as always, and I learnt a lot about honey through your post, thanks for sharing :)

  3. Strange.. Didn’t have idea that honey can have side effects too 😉

  4. Perkymegs says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I didn’t know there are side effects too of honey.

  5. Ramya says:

    Interesting facts Ankita! I was assuming that it is good for weight loss..
    Great post!

  6. Very nice article Ankita! Though I swear by honey for my skin, thankfully not a big fan when it comes to consuming honey :)

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  7. Sonali says:

    I knew only one that it shouldn’t be given to children below 1 age and never to heat it. My Mum is diabetic and I will immediately inform her this.

    • Ankita Das says:

      In India, it is a custom at few places to make a baby taste honey immediately after birth. think about the danger in that. Need to share these info a lot.

  8. Sangeeta G says:

    As always moderation is the key. We shouldn’t go over board with anything.

  9. Anubhuti says:

    I use to have honey in lukewarm warm water in morning but i did see any effect on weight so I started taking 2 glass plain lukewarm water and that helped me better at keeping system clean.. I take honey with cinnamon powder though to sooth my throat sometimes :)

    • Ankita Das says:

      Honey with cinnamon has many uncountable benefits. From throat to many ailments. Even as spot treatment on pimples. So continue this regime of yours. Will benefit you in the long run. :)

  10. Rishika says:

    i always heard of benefits of honey. Thanks to you for sharing such info about honey. I am sharing your article on my fb. :)

  11. Mariyam says:

    Well I’m really confused if honey is good for me or not. Sad to know it doesn’t work on losing weight :(

    • Ankita Das says:

      Haha, thing is honey we use to drink with lemon to lose weight is there just to cancel out lemon’s sourness. Honey calms our throat too as sour food tend to make our throat soar. So that way it can reduce weight but substituting sugar with honey does not guarantee weight loss. :)

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