Is it safe to have frozen honey? Here’s what the experts say
Food trends continue to grab people’s attention. A new one that is making the rounds on TikTok is #frozenhoney. The trend is taking advantage of the ‘fun challenge’ of freezing a water bottle full of honey then squeeze it and enjoy it like a popsicle.
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While the trend has captivated the internet generation with over 600 million views on the hashtag and over 80 million on #FrozenHoneyChallenge, consuming honey in large quantities is not advisable, experts note.
How does honey crystallize?
The natural sugar in honey binds together and begins to form small crystals which harden the honey.
According to Independent.com, although it’s not clear who started the trend, people are now forming their own versions of it. Some even add corn syrup to the mixture to make the nectar less thick.
However, there were some users who weren’t amused.
“[Be right back] I have to go get my stomach pumped, ”one user wrote after eating a piece of frozen honey.
“I feel sick now,” wrote another person.
Is it advisable to have frozen honey?
Frozen honey or raw honey stored in the refrigerator (50 degrees Fahrenheit) is dangerous, said Dr Pooja Thacker, head of the dietetics department, Bhatia Hospital Mumbai. “Unprocessed honey contains Clostridium botulinum spores and bacteria that can cause neurological disorders and gastrointestinal illness. It is not recommended for diabetic and fructose intolerant patients, ”she said.
Ayurvedic practitioner Dr Dixa Bhavsar mentioned that honey should only be consumed in small amounts and at room temperature. “Gulping down a lot of honey is not ideal,” she said. indianexpress.com.
According to Ayurveda, honey tastes sweet and astringent. “Its vipaka (post-digestive effect on the liver) is sweet while it is potent (ushna virya). This makes it ideal for kapha and pitta disorders (obesity, cough, cold, high cholesterol, etc.). Honey is dry in nature (ruksha) which means it increases vata dosha (vata related issues like bloating, constipation, joint pain, etc.) when consumed in excess, ”explained Dr Bhavsar.
Honey is also a form of sugar. So, too much can cause headaches, upset stomachs, and in some cases, diarrhea and / or bloating, doctors have warned.
According to Dr Navneet Kaur, GP, Apollo Spectra Nehru Enclave, Delhi, the trend is considered “dangerous” because one can have diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating, nausea and even nausea. “To top it off, you could end up damaging your teeth,” he said.
How much money to have?
Honey can be consumed at the rate of 1 tbsp per day (no more), Dr Bhavsar said.
By freezing honey it granulates and when you consume this frozen honey in popsicle form the amount you consume is much more than 1 teaspoon or tablespoon which can lead to intestinal problems ranging from diarrhea to high blood sugar, bloating and skin disorders.
“In addition, when we eat frozen honey, it increases vata dosha in the body because it already dries up in nature. When frozen, it makes it colder and anything that is dry and cold causes vayu to worsen in the body, leading to joint pain, stomach upset, headaches, etc. With Vata, it also increases. kapha dosha (due to frost – it’s cold) and consuming cold food or drink leads to cough / cold / throat infection. So doing this will only reverse the effect of the honey (instead of separating and eliminating the cough, it will cause more coughing and congestion in the airways, “she said.
She also pointed out that when consumed (frozen) even consuming a small amount is more concentrated, resulting in excessive consumption which can negatively affect blood sugar, cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, obesity, and more problems.
How should you get your honey?
Ayurveda suggests having honey at room temperature (this is the best way to consume it and get the maximum benefit from it). When we consume something in its natural state, it definitely gives us better and faster results (as it is easily digestible, has been proportioned / moderate and unprocessed). The treatment is more like interference with its natural state, which can harm us more or less (depending on how it’s treated), said Dr Bhavsar.
The last word
Don’t blindly follow any trend. “First of all, check its authenticity. You can bring in an expert because your health should be your first priority. It is normal to miss out on a few trends which can sometimes be dangerous to your health. Just in case you want to. do something like that, just ask the expert the ideal way to do it. Some tendencies can be risky. So be careful and alert before you fall prey to them, “said Dr Kaur.