Surprising Side Effects of Eating Honey

Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD, Owner of Sound Bites Nutrition, says that one of honey's surprising side effects is that it can help reduce inflammation.

1 Honey can help reduce inflammation

As a kid, you probably were given a cup of warm tea with honey when you were sick with a cough. Well, there's a reason for that. "Consuming honey may aid in reducing symptoms of upper respiratory infections including cough frequency and cough severity," says Andrews.

2 Honey may reduce cough severity

Lauren O'Connor, MS, RDN, RYT, owner of Nutri Savvy Health and author of Healthy Cooking for One says that honey can help alleviate symptoms of some gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, constipation, and ulcers.

3 Honey may help relieve GI conditions

You may have heard of skincare products protecting against free radicals, but so can some foods that you eat.

4 Honey can protect against free radicals

Add some honey to your yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothie to reap the cardiovascular benefits of antioxidants. "Most people don't know that honey is actually an amazing source of antioxidants.

5 Honey can protect your heart

Nicole Lindel, RD and Everlywell Advisor suggests you keep an eye on your honey intake because it can cause some damage to the teeth. Similar to other types of sugars, honey can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

6 Honey can be damaging to the teeth

Fructose is the main sugar found in honey. With that in mind, it can be dangerous for those with fatty liver disease. "Fructose is metabolized differently than other sources of energy," says Lindel.

7 Honey can be problematic for those with fatty liver disease

As we've previously reported, this long-touted remedy is actually a myth. "Unfortunately, [eating local honey] does not help with allergies.

8 Honey will not lessen allergy symptoms