How to best eat honey - The Do’s and Don’ts

We all know honey has a great taste and a greater nutritional value, but we must also know the do’s and don’ts of eating honey. In this article, we’ll cover what other foods work best with honey. Also, we’ll talk about what foods you shouldn’t eat with honey.

Four ways of enjoying honey

Some things are so right that there almost anyway you do them, you’ll probably be right. Thankfully, eating honey is one of them. There are hundreds of different ways of eating honey, but we will share four most popular ones.

1. Eat honey by the spoonful

Yes, you read it right! Just dip a large spoon inside your jar of honey, stack it up well and slurrp! There you go!

Most people love eating honey by itself, without mixing it with anything. And if you haven’t tried eating honey just the way it is, go ahead, take a spoonful of honey and lick it dry! Enjoy the unique, lingering and sweet taste of thick, lustrous honey inside your mouth!

2. Add honey to nuts

Who doesn’t love nuts? That woody, soft taste of walnuts, cashew nuts, almonds… Such nuts are always a superhit!

Now you can add a delicious twist to your favorite nuts! Pour honey generously over roasted or unroasted nuts. Or dip each nut in a small bowl of honey before you eat it. Whatever your favorite nut, honey will be the best thing you combine with nuts. Go ahead and enjoy the combo! 

3. Fruits taste better with honey

Yes, seriously!

We all have a favorite fruit or two - raspberry, apple, mango, dragon fruit… What’s amazing is that honey is best friends with nearly all of them. That means any fruit you love eating by itself, you’ll love it even more when you eat the fruit with honey.

Slice your fruit and spread it over a wide plate. Then begin drizzling honey over the fruit. Next, pick up a fork and start eating! Wait, you may not even need a fork - the pairing of your favorite fruit and honey might look so delicious!

4. Give your cornflakes a surprise

Fond of your bowl of cornflakes in the morning or any time of the day? Honey will make it even better!

Take a bowlful of your cornflakes and top it up with honey! The amber honey over the flakes will make the breakfast so irresistible you probably will have a hard time stopping!

Foods you should not combine with honey

We must point out that the research on how not to eat honey is still ongoing. The findings of the current research are not very clear. Hence, we will rely on traditional knowledge and a bit of Ayurveda about the foods to avoid with honey. You must also remember that  

Anyway, here are four wrong ways of eating honey:

1. Do not heat honey

We have said this earlier too - honey shouldn’t be heated. That’s because heating will rob honey of all its nutritional value and likely lead to body toxicity.

When you heat honey, its fructose and sucrose will dehydrate and form Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). This can build up toxicity in your body and hence it is strongly recommended you don’t heat honey.

The same rule applies when you add honey to a glass of hot, boiling water. If you take honey and lemon with water in the morning for weight-management, be sure that the water is only warm and not boiling hot.

2. Do not use honey with ghee

Another food you shouldn’t mix with honey is ghee. While the exact reason why the combination is harmful is not entirely clear,  prove harmful to your health.

 That means don’t mix one spoonful of honey with one spoonful of ghee. Some Ayurveda practitioners say an unequal proportion, say 2:1 isn’t harmful while others disagree.

3. Do not mix radish and honey

This tip also comes from Ayurveda but current research doesn’t have a clear explanation on this. Hence, we didn’t find any concrete understanding of why radish and honey shouldn’t be mixed.

You might be using honey to dress your salads, but don’t do it if your salad has radish in it. It’s relevant to note that Ayurveda suggests that radish shouldn’t be eaten with milk either. It is likely that one or more of the four principal acids in radish (erythorbic, malonic, malic,and oxalic acid) don’t go well with honey (or milk). And that’s why it’s best not to combine honey and radish.

4. Honey and some non-vegetarian dishes

We’ll admit this is the least understood part and there’s still some confusion prevailing. Some Ayurveda experts say none of the non-vegetarian dishes should be eaten with honey. A few others say that you need to avoid combining honey with only some non-vegetarian dishes like fish.

The jury is still out and since detailed understanding through research is not available, we can only advise caution.


Honey is an unusual natural food with a great taste and huge health and nutritional benefits. Knowing what’s good for your body and what’s not will help you get the most out of honey.

Don’t be afraid to try out various combinations - many foods and desserts agree quite well with honey. Be it nuts, a bowlful of your favorite flakes or fruits, honey is a great partner for all of them.

And don’t forget to let us know how you enjoy your honey!

Actually, infants "may" not digest the raw honey. I think we should not say that they "should" not.

Two reasons for "should"

  1. infants don't do it themselves, someone feeds them, that's why we have to use the Passive Voice "should not be fed"
  2. I think it goes beyond digestion - something called botulism and so on. 

That's why this structure sounds good to me

1) Okay. Didnt see the point that way. You are right.

2) Yes. Didnt remeber the word. But some infants have this problem and some dont. Depends on their immunity. Anyways lets keep it the way you have written

  1. not making any changes.

Saying this sentence before saying that "...prohibits equal proportions..." would not be okay I guess. It may stop the reader at the sentence that "mixture of ghee and honey.....negative repercussions..."

Did not understand your observation

So, the “negative repercussion” for “mixing of honey and ghee” or for the “equal proposition”?

check this now. is it ok?

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