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July 31, 2014

11 Foods That Make You Hungrier

Feeling hungry? You should eat. But what if the foods you're eating actually make you hungrier than you were before you dug in?
It's a more common conundrum than you might think.
"Hunger is a result of many complex interactions that occur in the stomach, intestines, brain, pancreas, and bloodstream," says weight-loss specialist and board-certified internist Sue Decotiis, MD. Problem is, it's a circuit that's easily hijacked.
Here are 11 foods that can make you feel like you're running on empty—even when your stomach is stuffed. 
White bread
The white flour used to bake white bread has been stripped of its outer shell (the bran), which depletes the grain's feel-full fiber content. Eating it spikes your insulin levels, Dr. Decotiis says.
In a recent Spanish study, researchers tracked the eating habits and weights of more than 9,000 people and found that those who ate two or more servings of white bread a day were 40 percent more likely to become overweight or obese over a five-year period compared to those who ate less of it. 
Juices
Juicing is all the rage, but these "healthy" drinks contain all the sugar of your favorite fruit, but none of the fiber-containing pulp or skin. That means drinking a glass of juice can shoot your blood sugar levels up—and then back down again—bringing on hunger, according to Mitzi Dulan, RD, author of The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin.
Your better bet: blend a smoothie using whole fruit instead, and mix in a scoop of protein powder or nut butter to help balance your blood sugar and boost satiety. (Just be sure to steer clear of sugary fro-yo or sherbet.) 
Salty snacks
There's a reason why you crave something sweet after polishing off a bag of potato chips. Chips, pretzels, and salty snack mixes are little more than quick-digesting simple carbs, which can spur insulin highs and subsequent lows, Dulan says. And since your taste buds and brain link fast-acting energy with sweet foods, it's common to have a craving for something sweet once you finish your salty nosh.
What's more, thanks to a phenomenon known as sensory specific satiety, you can fill up on chips and feel like only your salty stomach is full. Your sweet one can still feel empty, Dulan says. So get ready to eat two stomachs' worth of food. 
Fast food
Pretty much every ingredient behind a fast food counter is designed to make you supersize your meal. For instance, trans fat inflames the gut, potentially impairing the body's ability to produce appetite-controlling neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, Dr. Decotiis says.
Meanwhile, the GI tract absorbs high fructose corn syrup (commonly found in buns, condiments, and desserts) quickly, causing insulin spikes and even bigger hunger pangs. Lastly, fast food's huge helpings of salt can spur dehydration. And with symptoms that closely mimic those of hunger, it's easy for dehydration to trick you into thinking you need to go back for seconds. 
Alcohol
Alcohol doesn't just lower your healthy-eating resolve, it downright makes you hungrier: According to research published in Alcohol & Alcoholism, just three servings can slash your body's levels of leptin—a hormone designed to squash hunger and keep you feeling full—by 30 percent.
"Alcohol can also deplete your body's carbohydrate stores (called glycogen), causing you to crave carbs in order to replace what was lost," Dr. Decotiis says. And if you find yourself craving salty snacks, dehydration and a loss of electrolytes may be at work. 
White pasta
White pasta packs all of the same problems as white bread, but it does deserve its own mention as a hunger-offender because it's so easy to eat far too much of it. A standard serving size of cooked pasta is just half a cup cooked, but restaurants regularly serve up four cups in a single entrée.
When you overload your body with simple carbs, your pancreas goes into overdrive churning out insulin, and soon you've produced so much of the sugar-managing hormone that your blood sugar levels are low and you're ravenously hungry. And consider this: What are you pouring over your pasta? If it's a store-bought sauce, then it probably contains even more hunger-spiking sugar. 
MSG
MSG (aka monosodium glutamate) is a flavor-enhancer best known for being added to Chinese food, and may also be found in other foods including canned veggies, soups, processed meats, and even beer and ice cream. One animal study from Spanish researchers suggests the chemical triggers a 40 percent increase in appetite, and according to research published in the journal Obesity, people who consume the most MSG are nearly three times more likely to be overweight than those who don't eat it at all.
"The effects of leptin (a "satiety hormone" made by fat cells) may be blunted by the damaging effects of MSG on the hypothalamus," Dr. Decotiis says. What's more, the effects can compound over time, so the more frequently you eat MSG, the more you'll eat, period. 
Sushi rolls
You might intend to load up on good-for-you fish, but you're really eating more rice than anything else, says dietitian Susan M. Kleiner, RD, PhD, a scientific consultant with USANA Health Sciences. Case in point: the California roll. Loaded with 30-plus grams of carbohydrates, it's like eating three slices of white bread.
"If you don't eat anything else, sushi rolls are fairly rapidly digested and emptied from the stomach without a high level of satiating properties like fiber or protein," she says. 
Artificial sweeteners
Whether they are in your diet soda or sprinkled in your coffee, artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and others) excite your brain cells, making them think they are about to get a sweet serving of energy (aka calories), and then let them down—hard, Dr. Decotiis says. The upshot: You may crave—and eat—more sweets throughout the day, trying to make up for the letdown. Over time, this process can actually affect the hunger control centers of the brain, she says. And get this: It has been proposed that artificial sweeteners cause insulin spikes just like real, calorie-packed sugar. 
Kids' cereals
White flour with a generous dusting of table sugar, these morning starters may cause blood sugar and insulin swings.
"Eating such a high carbohydrate load in the morning when cortisol levels are at their highest is a double assault to your metabolism," Dr. Decotiis says. During the night and into the morning, your body pumps out huge amounts of cortisol, which is believed to be a natural part of your body readying itself for the stresses of the day ahead. "Higher cortisol levels mean a lower ability to metabolize ingested sugars. Therefore blood sugar may be high, but still not reach the tissues where it is needed, leading to fatigue and hunger."
Cereal can be a smart way to start your day—look for whole grain or bran cereals that contain at least 5 grams of fiber and less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. 
Pizza
You know you can't eat just one slice—no matter how big it is. That's because your favorite pizza joint's combination of white flour dough, hydrogenated oils, processed cheeses, and preservatives can throw off your blood sugar levels, production of satiety hormones, and hunger-regulating regions of the brain, according to Dr. Decotiis.
That said, if you make pizza at home with whole-wheat dough and top it with lean meat, lots of veggies, and just a sprinkling of cheese, then you'll have a fiber- and protein-packed meal that's less likely to have you reaching for more food in an hour.

4 most dangerous toxins deliberately and secretly infused into our food supply

One of the greatest long-term problems that health conscious individuals face is the pervasive contamination of the food supply. For decades, the FDA and other governmental agencies have allowed the multi-billion dollar food industry to grow and process its products with hundreds of questionably safe chemicals and practices. Even worse, the public is deliberately kept in the dark about many of them.

Pesticides

Over 400 pesticides are licensed for use on America's foods, and every year over 2.5 billion pounds are dumped on croplands, forests, lawns, and fields. In a single meal, a person could easily consume residues of a dozen different neurotoxic or carcinogenic chemicals.

Yet, the Office of Pesticide Programs at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not include the potential for multiple exposures to the same pesticide when calculating permitted residual levels of a given compound. EPA scientists have found that, at any time, if these residues were totaled, they would exceed 500 percent of the daily-allowed intake.

Furthermore, these chemicals have not been tested for human safety, and the EPA does not have a scientifically acceptable method for determining the risk for multiple exposures.

Growth hormones

Bovine growth hormone (BGH) is a genetically engineered, synthetic version of a hormone naturally produced by cows. Its purpose is to increase a cow's milk production by as much as 25 percent. It is estimated that BGH is injected into 30 percent of all milk-producing cows.

The FDA's approval of BGH was in large part due to a Monsanto Corporation (the manufacturer of BGH) study of rats that had been fed milk laced with BGH. Originally, the FDA reported no traces of BGH were found in the rat's blood, but it was later found officials from FDA never read the entire report and it was found that 20-30 percent of rats did have traces of BGH in their bloodstream and some developed thyroid cysts.

It's become difficult to avoid BGH because the FDA does not require labeling of BGH laced products. In fact, Monsanto helped sponsor federal legislation (which passed) that prevents milk producers from labeling their products as being free of BGH, even when they are.

Additives

Approximately 2000 food additives - artificial colors and flavors, stabilizing agents, texturizers, sweeteners, and antimicrobials are permitted in America's food supply. Studies show that some additives may be carcinogenic, such as various food dyes, including Yellow Dye No. 5, which is found in breakfast cereals, soft drinks, ice cream, candy, bakery products, and pasta.

Additives to avoid include aspartame, bromated vegetable oil, BHA and BHT, MSG, nitrites, saccharin, sulfites, and various food dyes.

GMOs

The proliferation of genetically modified organisms is another example of the devastating effects agribusiness has had on our food supply. These foods break down the fundamental genetic barriers and permanently alter the genetic code of the plant by combining them with the genes of dissimilar and unrelated species.

Scores of companies are now using gene-splicing technology to produce never before seen genetic combinations. According to a survey of field tested crops conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 93 percent of genetic changes are performed to make food productions and processing easier and more profitable, and only 7 percent are done to improve nutrients or taste.

If you have food sensitivities, your next serving of corn, soybeans or tomatoes may be a kind of Trojan horse, bringing unsuspected allergens and toxins into your body. It's even more alarming to know that there has been almost no safety testing and since the altered substances are not listed on food labels, there is no way of knowing which foods contain them. 

15 Diseases Doctors Often Get Wrong

When you experience strange pains, mysterious digestive issues, or other unexplained symptoms, you’d hope a trip to the doctor would solve your health woes. But sometimes, doctors have just as much trouble identifying certain disorders and conditions as their patients. “A lot of symptoms are nonspecific and variable, depending on the person,” says David Fleming, MD, president of the American College of Physicians and a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri. “On top of that, many diagnostic tests are expensive and aren’t done routinely, and even then they don’t always give us a black and white answer.” The following 5 conditions are notoriously difficult to pin down. 
Irritable bowel syndrome
Some conditions are difficult to diagnose because there is no real test to prove their existence; rather, they require a “diagnosis of elimination,” says Dr. Fleming, as doctors rule out all other possibilities. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—a chronic condition that affects the large intestine and causes abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation—is one of these cases. According to diagnostic criteria, a patient should have symptoms for at least six months before first being seen for a formal evaluation, and discomfort should be present at least three days a month in the last three months before being diagnosed with IBS.
Celiac disease
So much confusion surrounds celiac disease—an immune reaction to gluten that triggers inflammation in the small intestine—that it takes the average patient six to 10 years to be properly diagnosed. Celiac sufferers would, in theory, have digestive problems when eating gluten-containing foods like wheat, barley, and rye, but in fact, only about half of people diagnosed with the disease have experienced diarrhea and weight loss. Celiac disease can also cause itchy skin, headaches, joint pain, and acid reflux or heartburn, and it’s all too easy to blame these symptoms on other things. A blood test can diagnose celiac disease no matter what symptoms are present, and an endoscopy can determine any damage that’s been done to the small intestine. 
Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, which is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, involves “medically unexplained symptoms”—a term doctors use to describe persistent complaints that don’t appear to have an obvious physical cause. When doctors can’t find a root cause for a patient’s chronic pain and fatigue, they often settle on this diagnosis. This may involve seeing specialists and ruling out other diseases, some of which prove equally difficult to diagnose, says Eugene Shapiro, MD, deputy director of the Investigative Medicine Program at Yale University. “There are studies that show that people with certain symptoms who show up at a rheumatologist will be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but if the same patients show up at a gastroenterologist they’ll be diagnosed as having irritable bowel syndrome.”
Rheumatoid arthritis
Unexplained aches and pains may also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disorder. Unlike osteoarthritis (the “wear and tear” kind that appears as people get older), RA causes inflammation and painful swelling of joints and can occur at any age. “Early stages of RA can mimic many other conditions—sometimes it’s just a sense of aches or stiffness in the joints, which could be caused by a lot of different things,” says Dr. Fleming. Blood tests can help detect the presence of inflammation in the body, he says, but an exact diagnosis of RA also must take into account a patient’s medical history and a doctor’s careful physical exam.
Multiple sclerosis
Another autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) occurs when the immune system attacks the body’s own nerve cells and disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Some of the first symptoms of MS are often numbness, weakness, or tingling in one or more limbs, but that’s not always the case. “Multiple sclerosis can be episodic; the disease waxes and wanes,” says Dr. Shapiro. Depending on the number and location of lesions in the brain, he adds, signs and symptoms may be more or less severe in different people. Once a doctor does suspect MS, however, a spinal tap or MRI can help confirm the diagnosis. 
Lyme disease
You probably know to look out for tick bites and the telltale bullseye rash that can form around them if a person is infected with Lyme disease. But not everyone develops this rash—and Lyme disease’s other symptoms (like fatigue, headaches, joint pain, and flu-like symptoms) can easily be confused for other conditions, says Dr. Shapiro.

A blood test can check for Lyme disease antibodies in the blood, but those usually don’t show up until a few weeks after infection and the test is notoriously unreliable. It’s important to remove the tick immediately and see a doctor right away. Quickly removing a tick can possibly prevent the transfer of dangerous bacteria, and antibiotics for Lyme disease are most effective when given immediately.
Lupus
The most distinctive sign of lupus—another chronic inflammatory disease—is a butterfly-shaped rash across a patient’s cheeks, but that’s not present in all cases. For those who don’t develop the rash, diagnosis can be a long and difficult process, says Dr. Shapiro. “Lupus can present in different ways; it can affect the joints, kidneys, brain, skin, and lungs, and can also mimic many different issues.” There is no one way to diagnose lupus, but blood and urine tests, along with a complete physical exam, are usually involved. Treatment also depends on a patient’s individual signs and symptoms, and medications and dosages may need to be adjusted as the disease flares and subsides.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Irregular periods, unexplained weight gain, and difficulty getting pregnant can all be symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age. Many women with this condition also have enlarged ovaries with numerous small cysts, but not everyone with PCOS has these enlarged ovaries, and not everyone with enlarged ovaries has PCOS. To be diagnosed with PCOS, a woman must also be experiencing infrequent or prolonged periods or have elevated levels of male hormones, called androgens, in her blood. Androgen excess may cause abnormal hair growth on the face and body, but women of certain ethnic backgrounds (like Northern European and Asian) may not show physical signs.
Appendicitis
You might think that an inflamed or burst appendix should be easy to identify, and often, it is: typical appendicitis symptoms include nausea, pain and tenderness around the belly button, and possibly a low-grade fever. But not always. “Some people have an appendix that points backward instead of forward in the body, so the symptoms present in a different location,” says Dr. Shapiro. “And sometimes people do have pain, but then the appendix ruptures and the pain is relieved so they think they’re fine.” In this case, he says, intestinal fluids can seep into the abdominal category and cause a potentially life-threatening infection—but it can take days or even weeks before these symptoms appear.
Endometriosis
Many perfectly healthy women deal with menstrual pain and discomfort, so it’s not surprising that endometriosis is often misdiagnosed. However, women with endometriosis (in which uterine tissue grows outside the uterus) often report pelvic pain, cramping, and heavy bleeding that’s far worse than usual, and that gets worse over time. A pelvic exam can sometimes detect endometrial tissue or cysts that have been caused by it. In other cases, an ultrasound or laparoscopy is required for a definite diagnosis.
Migraines
For many migraine sufferers, nothing could be more obvious than the severe headaches, which are usually characterized by intense throbbing or pulsing and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound. But some people may get migraines without even knowing it, says Dr. Fleming. “Sometimes migraine symptoms can be very severe, where the patient can even develop paralysis, and other times they can be very subtle,” he says. “Patients might feel dizzy or lightheaded or feel a vague discomfort in their heads, and oftentimes they’ll get treated with medication that might not be appropriate for a true migraine.” A neurologist should be able to rule out other possibilities, and make the proper diagnosis.
Cluster headaches
Another headache disorder that’s often misunderstood, cluster headaches are extremely painful but also very rare—affecting less than 1 million Americans. Cluster headaches tend to occur close together, often on the same day, and last 30 minutes to three hours, on average. Scientists aren’t sure why, but cluster headaches tend to occur when seasons change. Because of this, they can sometimes be misdiagnosed as allergy-related sinus headaches.
Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism (also known as underactive thyroid) is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces an insufficient amount of the hormones that help regulate weight, energy, and mood. In the early stages, thyroid problem symptoms are subtle and can include fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, muscle aches, and impaired memory. “It can mimic depression, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions,” says Dr. Shapiro. And because hypothyroidism is most common in people (especially women) over 60, it’s easy to attribute its symptoms to simply getting older and more out of shape. 
Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes can’t stay hidden forever; if left untreated, it can cause life-threatening damage to the body’s major organs. Before signs of diabetes develop, says Dr. Fleming, adults can have diabetes for years without knowing it. “There are a lot of people out there with elevated blood sugar levels who aren’t getting to the doctor regularly, so they aren’t getting checked for it,” he says. “They won’t realize it until it gets severe enough that they start developing side effects, like problems with their vision or numbness in their feet or hands.” To avoid these problems, watch for earlier symptoms like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, sudden weight loss, and fatigue.
Inflammatory bowel disease
There are primarily two types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both cause inflammation of the digestive tract, as well as pain, diarrhea, and possibly even malnutrition. Because there’s no one test for IBD, however, it is diagnosed primarily by excluding everything else. “If a patient comes in with severe abdominal pain, we might first think it’s their gallbladder,” says Dr. Shapiro. “If he comes in with loose stools, we might think it’s an infection. So we go through a litany of tests—imaging, blood tests, assessments—and sometimes we finally come down to the fact that we’ve ruled out every other possibility, so this is what we’re going to treat you for and we’ll see if it works.”

10 Places Gluten Is Hiding

To really see the results of cutting gluten out of your diet, you need to do just that: Cut it out completely. Gluten is not just found in bread and pasta; it’s used as a thickening agent, it’s a source from which other ingredients are derived, and sometimes it just sticks to things, such as the toaster. Here are 10 places gluten is hiding, so you can steer clear of them. 
1. In your soy sauce: Soy sauce is usually brewed from wheat. Look for gluten-free tamari or liquid amino acids instead both of which have the same umami flavor.
2. In your French fries: Batter, which contains flour, can linger. And since most restaurants don’t have dedicated gluten-free fryers, your onion rings and tempura are technically unsafe.
3. In your candy: Wheat is usually the first ingredient in licorice, for example. Does your candy bar have a cookie base? Most likely it’s a wheat flour cookie. Many mints contain wheat as well. Sorry. 
4. In anything containing modified food starch: The stuff cancontain gluten, so its best to avoid products that list modified food starch as an ingredient. In the United States, there’s usually a wheat allergy warning on the labels of convenience foods that contain glutinous modified food starch to alert you. (Again: Read the labels!)
5. In your salad dressing: Many store-bought salad dressings, sauces and marinades use wheat as a thickener. Our recommendation? Make your own! For dressing, simply whisk together one part mustard, two parts lemon juice or vinegar, and three parts oil, and season with salt and pepper.
6. In your beer: Beer is generally made with wheat or barley, y’all. New Planet makes six different kinds of gluten-free beer, each with a unique flavor profile, and we love hard cider as an alternative.
7. In your ice cream: Watch out for add-ins such as cookie dough and flavoring such as barley malt. Keep in mind, too, that some products are made in facilities that also process wheat; there may be cross-contamination on the lines. Most major brands have very clear information on their websites and labels and offer many gluten-free choices. When you’re at the ice cream parlor, ask for an ingredient list and avoid cones. 
8. In your soup: A secret gluten minefield! Soups may contain flour, used to thicken the broth, pasta, or barley. Soups such as cream of broccoli, lobster bisque, pasta e fagioli, chicken noodle, and mushroom barley are most likely not friendly. 
9. In your sauce: Many classic French sauces start with a roux, a mixture of flour and butter. Cream sauces, white sauces, Alfredo—they all begin that way. Gravies are usually finished with flour, as well.
10. In your gluten-free toast: If you share a toaster at the office, it may have lingering crumbs from breads containing gluten. Even this small amount can make people with celiac or severe gluten-intolerance ill. For moments when you have to use a non-dedicated toaster, you can try these cool toaster bags.
Reading labels is essential if you want to truly be gluten-free. Here is a list of terms to familiarize yourself with and look out for as red flags.

4 Dangerous Effects of Artificial Sweeteners

The combination of America’s enormous appetite for sweets and its obsession with thinness has led to a flood of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose that are used throughout the food industry, especially in products that are labeled “light” or “healthy”. This first seemed to be the silver bullet that dieters were looking for: a way to lose weight without giving up the desserts and sodas that they loved. However, if something looks too good to be true, then it’s probably time to take another look. Recent research has linked artificial sweeteners with a variety of health problems, including those listed below.
Weight Gain
It is ironic that these artificial sweeteners, which have been marketed heavily to people trying to shed unwanted pounds, can actually promote weight gain. One piece of research from the San Antonio Heart Study which tracked participants over the course of eight years, found that weight gain and obesity were significantly higher in those who consumed diet beverages than those who did not.
Metabolic Syndrome
Another recent study found that those who consume diet soft drinks laced with artificial sweeteners have an increased risk for metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is actually a group of symptoms which all occur together and people suffering from this will generally present with high cholesterol levels, deposition of fat in the abdominal region, and increased blood sugar and blood pressure. Not surprisingly, this syndrome puts people at much greater risk for cardiovascular disease, strokes and a whole array of other health problems.
Diabetes
Medical research is also increasingly linking the consumptions of these additives with a significant increase in the risk of developing Type II diabetes. In some studies, this risk has more than doubled for those participants who consumed the highest amount of products containing artificial sweeteners. What is most disturbing in its implications is that even those who had a normal body weight and consumed these additives were at a greater risk for diabetes development.
High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease
Studies are also uncovering links between artificial sweeteners and an increased risk for high blood pressure (hypertension) and heart disease. This seems to be particularly true for women: several recent research papers have found that when women consume elevated levels of these additives, their risk for these serious conditions was significantly elevated. As heart disease remains one of the leading killers of women in America, this is certainly something to take note of.
The sad truth is that, far from being the healthy substitute to sugar that the food industry has promoted them as, artificial sweeteners actually promote obesity and can lead to the development of the conditions mentioned above. For those wanting to achieve or maintain a healthy weight, moderate amounts of natural sweeteners like honey or stevia remain the safest choice.

10 Unexpected Side Effects Of Honey

Honey is widely known for its health and medicinal benefits. It is also considered as a staple food item around the world. But this amazing substance has quite a few side effects, which you must keep in mind while purchasing or eating it.

Top 10 Side Effects Of Honey:

Let us check the top 10 side effects of honey:

1. Food Poisoning:

It is mostly the result of raw honey consumption. If you ever consume unpasteurized honey, chances are high that you will become vulnerable to food poisoning. As it is neither heated nor processed, it may contain foreign particles, such as pollen, tiny pieces of bee wings, propolis, honeycomb bits. These eventually will trigger digestive system disorder in the user.

2. Botulism:

Raw honey may comprise toxic Clostridium botulinum spores. When consumed by infants under the age of 12 months, it can lead to severe medical condition called ‘botulism’. This is basically a poisoning caused by bee venom, and your baby might experience its symptoms. Some of the symptoms are fever, nausea, vomiting, weakness, lethargy, constipation, irritability, constipation, diarrhea, cramping, loss of appetite, respiratory arrest, muscle paralysis, etc.

3. Abdominal Discomfort:

Overconsumption of honey may cause serious abdominal discomfort. Being rich in fructose, it can interrupt the nutrient absorption capacity of your small intestine. It can also impose long-term effects on your gastrointestinal system and cause several gastric issues, such as bloating, gas, cramps, etc. Sometimes it also leads to acute conditions like diarrhea or an upset stomach.

4. Allergic Reactions:

Ingestion of raw honey can also give you mild to moderate allergies. It is the unprocessed nectar of flowers that may contain pollen, pesticides, insecticides, and lots of other chemicals. Its direct consumption can lead to the development of allergic symptoms like swelling, itching, inflammation, rashes, hives, puffiness, cough, asthma, wheezing, iritis, breathing troubles, difficulty in swallowing, and so on.

5. Anaphylactic Shock:

Eating raw honey can cause severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis. It holds allergens in most cases, which generate the serious medical condition called ‘anaphylactic shock’. It is characterized by whole-body allergy along with dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, hypotension, heart failure, etc. It can sometimes even lead to death.

6. High Blood Sugar:

If you want to keep your blood sugar level under control, limit your daily consumption of honey. It is not only high in sucrose, but also contains a large amount of glucose, which raises the blood glucose level marker – HbA1c in the blood. In other words, the sweet and thick solution raises the blood sugar level in your bloodstream, creating the condition for diabetes.

7. Lowers Low Blood Pressure Level:

Honey can lower the blood pressure level significantly, which sometimes may turn out to be bad for your health. It consists of oligosaccharides which, being a certain kind of carbohydrate with antioxidant properties, can reduce elevated blood pressure level to a large extent. At times, the blood pressure level even goes down the normal level, triggering a number of health issues.

8. Nerve Damage:

Raw honey consists of a group of chemical compounds called ‘grayanotoxins’, which are poisonous to our nervous system. In general, these toxins are eliminated from the food during its pasteurization. But, when raw honey is consumed, they come into action and damage our nerve cells. As a result, it interrupts the normal activities of our nervous system.

9. Weight Gain:

Obesity is something that can ruin your overall health, and honey can be the culprit behind it. As it contains calories in high amount, it contributes heavily to one’s body weight. Additionally, it holds simple carbohydrates in place of complex ones, which break down easily in the body as soon as it is consumed. As a result the energy is piled up as body fat and you end up gaining excess weight.

10. Tooth Decay:

According to researchers, honey is made up of 82% sugar (natural sugars – glucose and fructose). It means that 1 tablespoon of honey can give us almost 17 grams of sugar. Consuming it every day in large amounts can stimulate bacterial activities inside our mouth. Its consumption leads to tooth decay to a considerable extent. If you want to maintain the health of your teeth and prevent oral cavity, try to keep your intake of honey under control.