Honey is known for its goodness and many health benefits. It is a product used by many as an alternative to sugar. For generations, honey has been drunk right after waking up with a glass of warm lemon water, said to remove toxins from the body and promote weight loss.
However, according to a recent Instagram post shared by Sadhguru, honey has various types of effects on the system and can become toxic if consumed in a certain way.
“When consumed raw, it has a kind of effect. When consumed in cold water, it has a different type of effect. When consumed in warm water, it has a different type of effect,” he says.
“We want to consume it here in warm water because we want the system to open up. If you put it in boiling water, some parts of the honey will become toxic. So you should never put it in boiling water or not boil the honey darling,” explains the spiritual guru.
In response to the honey cakes popular in western cultures, Sadhguru says that when honey is cooked at a certain temperature, it can become poisonous.
How is it consumed properly?
According to the founder of the Isha Foundation, honey should be brought to a drinkable temperature.
Experts believe that the best way to consume honey is raw, meaning it is purchased or extracted from the source. If you want to enjoy it with some milk or lemon water, you have to make sure that the drink has cooled down first before mixing in a spoonful of honey.
Ayurveda also explains that warm honey can be a slow poison that can lead to something called “ama” meaning toxicity in the body.
Health Benefits of Honey and Nutritional Value
Honey is a natural product obtained from beehives. These contain multiple nutrients, antioxidants, and antibacterial properties, making them great for treating infections. Consuming honey can also heal wounds faster, promote weight loss, and also relieve gastrointestinal problems.
Most importantly, it regulates blood sugar levels and can improve your heart health.
As for the nutritional content of honey, it is very high.
According to FoodData Central, one tablespoon, or 21 grams, of raw honey contains 64 calories and 17 grams of sugar. However, it does contain a healthy amount of micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, zinc, etc. In addition, honey is also a good source of amino acids, enzymes, and other beneficial compounds.