Frozen honey may, on the surface, sound awesome, but experts warn that there’s a potential dark side to the gooey treat.
Whoa. That totally sounded like the intro to a piece on the evening news.
The hashtag “#FrozenHoney” has blown up on the social media app. Basically, you take a small squeeze bottle, fill it with honey, freeze it for a few minutes and then, when you squeeze the bottle, the honey comes out as a Popsicle.
Sounds awesome, but experts really are warning against doing the challenge. Or at least eating the whole thing.
“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,” Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic, told NBC News.
Experts warn that too much honey could lead to stomach issues such as stomach cramping, bloating and diarrhea, among other side effects. Oh, and you could get botulism if you try to do it with raw honey.
“I worry about kids’ going on TikTok to get their information and then following the latest trend and not tuning in to their own, internal stomach,” Lisa Young, an adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, said to NBC News. “If you try this trend once in a while and you get a stomachache — just because everyone else is doing it — be independent and you don’t have to do it, either.”