People use a honey and water diet to lose weight and reap the health benefits from the honey. Bees make honey from the nectar of various flowers, and therefore honey has very diverse flavors and appearances. A strict diet of honey and water should only be attempted under doctor’s supervision if a liquid only diet is necessary.
Honey has been used for thousands of years for culinary and medicinal purposes. The earliest records of using honey come from ancient Egypt. Its recorded use spans the globe. The early Greek and Roman civilizations wrote about using honey and eastern civilizations in Persia and India commonly used honey, too. Honey was also used for trading and in artwork during this time.
Bees turn the sucrose in nectar into fructose and glucose sugars before it is added to a honey comb in the hive. Honey has about 1000 calories per cup with 0 fat and 1 g protein. Honey also has very low amounts of vitamins and minerals. Because honey is composed almost exclusively of sugars, it should not be used as the sole daily dietary caloric intake for extended periods.
In 2009, a study in “The International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition” stated that a group of diabetic patients were given honey each morning for eight weeks. These patients had decreased body mass and overall cholesterol compared to control patients. The researchers found the patients to have statistically decreased levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein, or bad cholesterol, and their levels of high-density lipoprotein, or good cholesterol, increased.
You can lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume. A liquid-only diet is one approach to a limited calorie diet. Humans need at least 45 g of protein each day, even on a liquid diet. Therefore, a honey and water diet should be used to complement a diet that compensates for the lack of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.
Mix 1 to 3 tsp. of honey per cup of warm water. The amounts vary depending on taste. Mixing in fruit, such as a squeeze of lemon, or some extra flavoring, such as a dash of cinnamon, will add more complexity to the beverage. Since honey and water can be fortified with many additional ingredients, your imagination can wander in any direction that suits your specific tastes.
Children under the age of 1 should not be given honey. Unfiltered honey contains bacteria to which these children have not built up immunity. To be safe, consult a pediatrician before giving your child honey.
- Natural-honey.org: History of Honey
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Honey
- MedlinePlus: Diet - full liquid
- "The International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition"; Effects of natural honey consumption in diabetic patients: an 8-week randomized clinical trial
- "Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics"; Richard Behrman, MD. Robert Kliegman, MD. Hal Jenson, MD.; 2000