Eating frozen honey: TikTok's dangerous viral challenge

Although honey can be very sweet, a new challenge on TikTok seems to be leaving a bitter taste for many. One of the most recent trends in the app asks people to make frozen honey for eight hours and then chew it when it’s gel-like.

The trend has gained massive popularity in recent weeks on TikTok, with the #Frozenhoney hashtag currently already having a whopping 824 million views. However, although this snack may be suitable for those with a sweet tooth, many have warned against doing the food trick, as it is also unhealthy.

Although the origin of the trend is unknown, TikToker Lalaeluu tried out the challenge on July 25, and so far it has been viewed by 7.3 million people and garnered 1 million likes. Despite eating the food and saying it “tastes like honey, it’s good,” he also captioned the post, ” don’t eat three bites of honey in the morning, it will cause urges in the bowels .”

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unwanted side effects

Although not many studies have been done on frozen honey, eating too much sweet can increase the risk of getting botulism. Botulinum bacteria cannot be killed by freezing. According to experts, raw honey is a potential source of botulism spores. Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The bacteria can enter the body through wounds or by eating it from improperly canned or preserved foods.

Honey can contain C. botulinum spores and has been a source of infection for infants. Children under 12 months should not receive honey. However, honey is safe for people 1 year of age and older.

Although that may be a rare problem with eating too much honey, the condiment is also high in fructose, which can cause a spike in blood sugar levels. This can be especially dangerous for diabetics . Due to its high sugar content, too much of it can also cause tooth decay .

The recommended serving of sugar is 36 grams per day for men and 24 grams for women and children. One tablespoon of honey contains about 17 grams of sugars, so it should be consumed in moderation, as it could cause obesity and increase the risk of heart disease, among other conditions.