A new trend taking TikTok by storm has been deemed “crazy” after numerous users said it left them feeling sick and suffering from stomach cramps.
The #FrozenHoneyChallenge involves freezing a water bottle full of honey overnight. Users then film themselves squeezing out logs of honey from the top and taking a huge bite.
Thousands of TikToks have been loaded under the hashtag, which has been viewed more than 600 million times.
Numerous people said they enjoyed the trend, but others claim it left them feeling ill.
“I feel sick now,” one user who goes by the name Millie said, adding that she suffered from a stomach ache for 20 minutes.
“I wouldn’t recommend doing it as it can cause stomach aches and worse,” she told people in her comments.
“I don’t like, it hurts my tummy,” one viewer said.
“I did. That and I got sick,” another wrote in Millie’s comments.
Another TikToker who goes by the handle Lalaleluu said the experiment was “very sweet” and told viewers not to “eat three mouthfuls of honey” because it will cause “urgent bowel movement”.
“How do y’all eat that? When I made it I got a headache and it lasted for hours it was so sweet,” one viewer said.
Experts are now warning TikTok users to think twice about trying the challenge.
Honey best in small amounts
"Honey is great, but having it in small amounts to sweeten is really a healthy relationship with food, and using it to get a lot of followers and a lot of attention and having it in excess amounts is crazy," Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic, told NBC.
She said roughly one in every three people suffer from dietary fructose intolerance, which means their intestines are unable to properly absorb fructose as well as others.
"I don't see a huge risk with the short-term aspect for someone who has this fructose malabsorption other than what they're going to experience, which is awful diarrhoea, stomach pain and things like that because they're not breaking it down correctly," she said.
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