TikTok’s Viral ‘Frozen Honey’ Trend Is Making People Sick
Although the “frozen honey” trend sounds fairly harmless, dentists warn that it should not be copied because it is actually quite dangerous.
The trend involves putting honey in a plastic container and then putting that container in the freezer for at least 8 hours. Even though the honey has been in the freezer, it doesn’t completely freeze. Instead, it forms more of a gel-like consistency. People who have tried the trend and shared their videos on TikTok are able to squeeze the honey out of the plastic container and pinch or bite off a piece of honey.
Many people who have tried the trend find it delicious, but some find that it really messes up their stomach. One side effect that TikTokers are reporting is diarrhea. According to dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick, this side effect is caused by fructose malabsorption. About 1 in 3 people have fructose malabsorption which is also called dietary fructose intolerance.
Kirkpatrick told NBC News, “Honey is great, but having it in small amounts to sweeten is really a healthy relationship with food, and using it to get a lot of followers and a lot of attention and having it in excess amounts is crazy.”
Besides stomach pain and diarrhea, Kirkpatrick doesn’t think there are any long term effects from eating an excessive amount of honey one time except for the slight risk of botulism if someone consumes raw honey. However, stomach issues aren’t the only concerns with this trend.
Besides the stomach issues, eating an excessive amount of honey is also bad for your teeth. Dentists report that honey could chewing honey could cause cavities and could even cause your teeth to break. Watch the video below for more details.
Do you like honey? Did you know that it was not good for you to eat a lot of honey at once? Do you know anyone who has tried the frozen honey trend?