August 9, 2021
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By: Katie Woehnker
There’s nothing like a frozen treat in the summer, but what about frozen honey? There is a new trend on TikTok where users freeze honey and film themselves taking a big bite.
Trends and challenges are going viral all the time on the video sharing platform, some of which posed health risks to the participants, such as the “Benadryl Challenge” or the “Skull Break Challenge”. But what about the #FrozenHoneyChallenge, is this dangerous?
We reached out to internal medicine specialist, Laura Tavarez, MD, to understand if there are any risks with this frozen honey craze.
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Is it safe to eat frozen honey?
Overall, if you’re interested in taking part in this latest challenge, yes, it’s safe. However, there are a few caveats.
“Like all things, moderation is key. It’s not recommended to eat too much,” notes Dr. Tavarez on. “Honey contains a lot of sugar and calories. In the short term, you may experience stomach cramps, diarrhea or bloating. A small bite can’t hurt, but let’s say you take the whole bottle or try this several times, that’s another story.”
The long-term effects of high sugar intake can result in:
weight gain heart disease cancer diabetes high blood pressure liver disease tooth decay acne skin aging mood disorders such as anxiety and depression insomnia
“To all parents, be aware of what your child is participating in online. There are safe and fun ways to participate in these types of activities, but supervised supervision is important to ensure no one gets hurt,” concludes Dr. tavarez.