Who cannot eat honey? We reveal what contraindications this delicious superfood presents and in what conditions or times its consumption is not advisable.
The honey is a healthy, rich food from a nutritional point of view both vitamins (especially A, C, D, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6) and minerals (such as copper, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, iodine and manganese), in addition to being noted for other extremely useful and interesting medicinal properties, such as its revitalizing effect, hence its consumption is recommended in states of both physical and physical fatigue. Mental, and also in case of asthenia.
It is also a recommended food when it comes to strengthening our immune system, while due to its antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities it is an excellent natural option when we have a sore throat or have a cold or flu.
However, despite its incredible benefits and both preventive and curative properties, it is a food that is not exempt from contraindications, not as well-known as its nutritional and medicinal qualities and virtues.
Who cannot eat honey?
Babies and toddlers
As we already knew in a previous note in which we explained why babies cannot eat honey, we are faced with a food whose consumption is not suitable for babies or children under 1 year of age, since it may contain spores of a bacterium called clostridium botulinum, which produces a bacterial neurotoxin known as botulinum toxin.
These spores can germinate in the digestive system of the baby or child, causing a serious disease that can sometimes be fatal known as botulism, which causes certain symptoms such as respiratory distress, loss of muscle tone, lack of appetite, lack of expression on the face and difficulty to deal with. When complicated it can cause prolonged weakness and dysfunction of the nervous system.
But the risks of consuming honey by babies and young children is not only due to the possible appearance of botulism, but also because consuming it at such an early age can favor the development of allergies, due to both the proteins from the glands of the bee and the pollen grains it contains.
People with diabetes
It is known to all that the consumption of honey is not suitable for diabetics, nor is it recommended, since it has a greater sweetening power than sugar and its glycemic index tends to be much higher.
Of course, as many nutritionists state, it is advisable to consume honey or any other type of rapidly absorbed sugar when hypoglycemia occurs, a condition in which it is necessary to consume simple sugars to increase blood glucose quickly.
If you follow a weight loss diet
100 grams of honey provide 350 calories, while 80% are sugars. Precisely for this reason honey is a healthy but extremely caloric food, so its consumption is not advisable in people who follow a diet to lose weight, or who want to control it.