Can You Eat Frozen Honey? TikTok Trend Might Not be Sweet for Your Health

Although honey may be very sweet, a recent trend on TikTok seems to be leaving a bitter taste for many viewers online.

One of the newest trends on the video-sharing app involved people freezing honey for up to eight hours then chewing on it once it has become a gel.

The trend has gained a massive amount of popularity in recent weeks on TikTok, and the hashtag Frozenhoney currently already has a whopping 824 million views.

However, while the snack may suit those who have a sweet tooth, many have warned against doing the food hack as it could also not be particularly healthy.

Although the origin of the craze is not known, TikToker Lalaeluu tried out the trend on July 25, in a video that can be seen here, and it has so far been seen by 7.3 million people and garnered 1 million likes.

Despite eating the food and saying that, "It tastes like honey but its good though" she also captioned the post: "Note to self: Don't eat three mouthfuls of honey in the morning, it will cause urgent bowl movements."

@lalaleluu

Reply to @sqiudward_smells Note to self: don’t eat three mouthfuls of honey in the morning, it will cause urgent bowel movement

♬ original sound - Lala

Her review was also confirmed by others including TikTok user Sabicos who commented: "I did that and ate too much and got sick."

Health Impact of Eating Too Much Honey

While there haven't been many studies on frozen honey, eating too much of the sweet condiment can increase the risk of contracting botulism. The botulinum bacteria cannot be killed by freezing.

According to the National Institutes of Health, raw honey is a potential source of botulism spores. NIH explains: "Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. The bacteria may enter the body through wounds, or by eating them from improperly canned or preserved food."

The CDC advises: "Honey can contain spores of C. botulinum and has been a source of infection for infants. Children less than 12 months old should not be fed honey. Honey is safe for persons 1 year of age and older."

Although that may be rare problem with ingesting 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 count too much honey can also cause tooth decay.

The recommended portion of sugar is 36 grams per day for men, and 24 grams for women and children, according to The American Heart Association. A tablespoon of honey contains around 17 grams of sugars, according to the USDA's FoodData Central website, so it should be eaten sparingly as it could cause obesity and increase risk of heart disease, among other conditions.

Another recent food trend which was doing the rounds on TikTok was a hack for poaching an egg in a microwave. However, this method has been proven to be dangerous as Chantelle Conway, 25, revealed on the app that it had resulted in horrific burns on her face and neck.

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A stock image shows two honey bees on a piece of honeycomb. A recent hack on TikTok involves people eating frozen honey, however it may not be healthy. balwan/iStock