If you've got a sore throat, you can drink a steaming cup of hot water mixed with honey for relief. However, you may want to consider drinking water with honey even if you don't have a cold or the flu. Though not a miracle weight-loss food, honey water may, if used correctly, help you reach your weight-loss goals.
Some odd beliefs about honey and weight loss exist. One misconception is that because honey contains vitamins and minerals, it can melt pounds off your frame. While honey is more nutritionally complete than refined sugar, according to nutritionist Janet Maccaro, quoted in "The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies," there are no real weight loss foods. Weight loss, reports MayoClinic.com, comes down to consuming fewer calories than your burn.
Honey water can help you lose weight if you drink it instead of other sweet beverages. A tablespoon of honey, more than enough for a mixing with a cup of hot water, contains a mere 64 calories, according to the Fat Secret nutrition information database. Contrast this with the 150 calories that Teens Health reports are in a 12-oz. soda, or 170 calories in a latte from a popular coffee chain.
Another way honey water can help you lose weight is by giving your body the water it needs. When you're slightly dehydrated, your kidneys start holding on to water, meaning water weight you should be getting rid of when you use the restroom shows up on the scale instead, according to Andrea Wenger Hess, a nutritionist at the University of Maryland's Joslin Diabetes Center, who shared her knowledge with the University of Maryland Medical Center.
If you're diabetic, or have other blood-sugar control issues, be aware that honey has the same carbohydrates as white sugar, according to MayoClinic.com, and can therefore affect your blood sugar the same way. Also, be careful not to eat too much honey. Honey is, after all, intended to be food for baby bees and to help them put on weight. As such, honey is a calorie-dense food. Measure the honey so you know how much you're using so you don't consume too much.
If you have children under a year old, do not share your honey water with them, or leave it where they may get into it. Honey can contain Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which, in an infant's digestive system, can grow and cause infant botulism, a potentially fatal illness, according to Charles Santerre, a toxicologist and food scientist quoted by the Baby Center website. Mr. Santerre also recommends keeping cooked foods made with honey, such as breads, away from children under one year old.
- “The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies”; Selene Yeager; 2006.
- Mayo Clinic: Metabolism and Weight Loss: How You Burn Calories
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Common-Sense Strategies for Long-Term Weight Loss
- Mayo Clinic: Diabetes Foods: Is Honey a Good Substitute for Sugar?
- Baby Center: When Can My Baby Eat Honey?