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Is weight loss possible with honey?

Updated on September 22, 2011

You can find several articles on the net describing benefits of honey in weight loss but according to some new studies, weight loss is not possible with honey as it does not reduce fat, moreover, it adds calories, which can increase fat. Also, honey spikes your insulin levels, which causes a subsequent insulin “crash” which will leave you feeling more tired and more hungry. In this way, it indirectly increases weight gain. Honey does not boost your metabolism in any significant way. Fat is not stored in the intestines, and even if it were, honey would not “clean it out”. Fat is stored in a layer of adipose tissue between the skin and muscles. Honey does have mild antibiotic properties, but this is destroyed as honey passes through the stomach acid and is acted upon by enzymes. In other words, honey has absolutely no impact whatsoever on fat loss or lower intestinal health.

Weight loss with honey or not
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Myth: Honey mixes very rapidly in the blood, so you will get instant energy for your morning exercise or walking.

Fact: See above. Honey creates an insulin spike. This is the absolute worst form of energy that can be taken before exercise. It is similar to getting your energy from eating sweets and candy.

Myth: Honey has half the calories of those of sugar.

Fact: Nutrition facts about powdered sugar -- here's powdered sugar.

Nutrition facts about honey -- here's honey. Not a huge difference, really.

Green tea is fine. It can boost the metabolism and does work like an anti-oxidant.

Benefits of honey for weight loss

The entire site is nothing more than a large collection of myths and misconceptions. It does not cite any of its sources or reference any scientific data to back up its claims.

Myth: Unlike honey, table sugar lacks minerals and vitamins. When these nutrients are all used up, metabolizing of undesirable cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded.

Fact: Do you really think your body will run out of nutrients because you ate table sugar? The nutrients needed to process sugar are extremely few. We are also assuming that you are eating other food in your diet, not just living off sugar, so there is no reason to believe your body will not be able to metabolize fat just because you ate sugar.

Myth: It is not uncommon for fat people to suffer from malnutrition and many other health related problems.

Fact: Fat people often have very little education in proper diet and nutrition. This is what makes them fat. It has nothing to do with sugar. Moreover, another cause of obesity in these people probably stems from the fact that they think drinking honey will somehow make them slim (again, poor understanding of diet and health).

Myth: The good news is that honey, the natural sweetener, on the other hand, contains 22 amino acids

Fact: See the link above. While honey may contain all amino acids, the amount of honey you would have to eat to get any significant portion of these in your diet would first put you in a glycemic coma.


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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes I agree honey is good for our health but its application must be correct. It goes all wrong when some people think with honey they can lose weight. It is a misconception among people in our society which I tried to clear here. Thanks Prairieprincess for your visit and comment.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub! I had not heard these rumors about honey and weight loss, but had heard that honey was good for you, overall. This was very informative. Thank you!