Honey is a natural sweetener comprised of 80 percent natural sugars, 18 percent water and 2 percent vitamins and minerals. Eating too much honey could lead to some negative side effects like weight gain, changes in blood sugar levels and even allergies. In some cases, like that of a pre-existing disease, eating too much honey could have severe consequences.
Sugars and Weight Gain
Honey contains the same caloric ratio as table sugar and high fructose corn syrup, four per gram. Like these other sugar sources, eating excessive amounts of honey without increasing exercise will result in weight gain. Weight gain happens when caloric intake exceeds calories burned. Honey averages 64 calories per tablespoon and eating it in excess, like any other calorie source, will add pounds.
Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer
Excessive use of honey on foods or eaten alone can increase the risks of developing a chronic illness like heart disease. Pancreatic cancer is increased by 70 percent by a high sugar intake diet. Honey affects the insulin production in the body in much the same way as table sugar and constant stimulation of insulin production by overeating honey can lead to the disorder diabetes.
On occasion honey has been known to cause allergic reactions in humans. The cause is honey that has been contaminated with specific types of pollen or has been created with the nectar of specific plants. Depending on the severity of the allergy to the plant species, consuming a little or a lot of a certain variety of honey could result in diarrhea, itchy mucosa, abdominal pain, vomiting and more severe reactions like anaphylaxis and angioedema.
Eating foods that are higher in the Glycemic Index cause increases in the presence of acne on the skin. Honey ranges on the glycemic index from low to high depending upon the type of honey. Eating excessive amounts of honey will increase the glycemic intake regardless of the type of honey consumed and could cause acne to surface or worsen.