Is Honey Good for Gut Health? | What the Science Says

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Hey there, honey bunches! As a certified nutritionist, I’m always on the hunt for natural ways to keep our gut health in tip-top shape. And you know what? I think I’ve found a sweet solution that’s been hiding in plain sight – honey! That’s right, the sticky stuff you drizzle on your morning toast might just be the key to a happy, healthy gut.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But isn’t honey just sugar?” Well, yes and no. While honey does contain sugar, it’s not your average joe. Honey is packed with unique compounds that set it apart from other sweeteners and may even give your gut a boost.

The Benefits of Honey for Gut Health

First off, let’s talk about the good bacteria in your gut. These little guys are like the superheroes of your digestive system, fighting off bad bacteria and keeping things running smoothly. And guess what? Honey might just be their secret weapon! Studies have shown that honey can act as a prebiotic, meaning it feeds the good bacteria in your gut and helps them thrive[1].

But wait, there’s more! Honey is also loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help soothe an irritated gut. If you’re dealing with pesky digestive issues like bloating or discomfort, a spoonful of honey might be just what the doctor ordered. And if you’re looking for a more comprehensive approach to Restore Gut Health, honey can be a great addition to your gut-healing toolkit.

Of course, not all honey is created equal. To get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to opt for raw, unpasteurized honey. This type of honey hasn’t been heat-treated or processed, so it retains all of its natural goodness. Plus, raw honey often contains bits of bee pollen and propolis, which are like little gut health power-ups[2].

How to Incorporate Honey Into Your Diet

So, how can you incorporate honey into your diet for a happy gut? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Stir a spoonful of raw honey into your morning tea or coffee for a sweet & healthy start to your day.
  2. Drizzle honey over your favorite probiotic-rich foods like yogurt or kefir for a double dose of gut-friendly goodness.
  3. Use honey as a natural sweetener in your baking and cooking for a gut-healthy twist on your favorite treats.

And if you’re looking for a convenient way to support your gut health on-the-go, consider trying a gut-restoring smoothie powder like Bio Complete 3. This powerful blend of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics can help keep your gut happy and healthy, even when life gets busy.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

But before you go honey-wild, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, while honey can be a great addition to a gut-healthy diet, it’s still sugar at the end of the day. So, as with all sweet treats, moderation is key. Secondly, if you have a history of diabetes or blood sugar issues, you’ll want to chat with your doc before adding a ton of honey to your diet.

And lastly, while rare, some people can actually be allergic to honey. So, if you’ve never tried it before, start with a small amount and see how your body reacts before going all-in on the honey train[3].

At the end of the day, honey is just one piece of the gut-healthy puzzle. Eating a variety of fiber-rich fruits and veggies, staying hydrated, and managing stress are all important factors in keeping your digestive system happy and healthy. And while you’re at it, be sure to steer clear of the Worst Foods for Gut Health that can sabotage your gut-healing efforts.

But if you’re looking for a sweet and natural way to give your gut a little extra love, honey might just be the golden ticket. And if you’re in need of an extra energy boost to power through your gut-healthy lifestyle, consider trying Gundry MD MCT Wellness. This unique blend of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) can help support healthy energy levels and cognitive function, while also offering some gut health benefits.

The Bottom Line

So go ahead, add a little honey to your life and watch your gut health soar! And if you have any honey-licious gut health tips of your own, be sure to share them in the comments below. Here’s to happy, healthy guts all around!


[1] Pasupuleti, V. R., Sammugam, L., Ramesh, N., & Gan, S. H. (2017). Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly: A Comprehensive Review of Their Biological Actions and Health Benefits. Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2017, 1-21.

[2] Cianciosi, D., Forbes-Hernández, T. Y., Afrin, S., Gasparrini, M., Reboredo-Rodriguez, P., Manna, P. P., Zhang, J., Bravo Lamas, L., Martínez Flórez, S., Agudo Toyos, P., Quiles, J. L., Giampieri, F., & Battino, M. (2018). Phenolic Compounds in Honey and Their Associated Health Benefits: A Review. Molecules, 23(9), 2322.

[3] Aguiar, R., Duarte, F. C., Mendes, A., Bartolomé, B., & Barbosa, M. P. (2017). Anaphylaxis caused by honey: A case report. Asia Pacific Allergy, 7(1), 48-50.

Molly Winter

About the author

Molly Winter, RDN & CPT, is passionate about helping you achieve optimal health through balanced nutrition and enjoyable exercise. With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, she provides practical advice and delicious recipes to make healthy living sustainable. Join her on this journey to a healthier, happier you!

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