Why You Should Never Mix Honey With Lemon

If you want your vitamin C too, not just the glucose and fructose.

Adelina Vasile


Do you drink your tea with honey and lemon? Is it because you want the vitamin C but can't stand the sour taste?

If so, you should know that sugars inhibit vitamin C.

When combining the two, your body will prioritize the absorption of glucose and fructose from the honey. You're getting way less vitamin C than you think.

Wtf, you're wondering?

Yes, we all know that honey has immune-boosting properties. And so does vitamin C.

Honey and lemon are such a common combination. Still, that doesn't mean it's the right combination.

If you're mixing them up purely for the taste, so be it. But if you're mixing them in the hopes you'll be doubling on the benefits, know that you're merely annihilating the vitamin C.

If you want to supplement your body with this essential vitamin, you should:

  1. Serve your vitamin C without anything sweet.
  2. Pay attention to your sugar intake throughout the whole day.

How is vitamin C related to sugars?

Sugar and vitamin C have a very similar chemical structure and common receptors for entering the cells.

They both travel through the bloodstream and enter all your cells through a common gateway, the GLUT receptors.

The body needs vitamin C and can only take it from the diet. We can't produce it for ourselves like some animals do because we lack a particular enzyme.

The animals that fabricate vitamin C do it with the help of the L-gulonolactone oxidase enzyme. And, what do you know, they use glucose in this process!

How is vitamin C related to sugars?

  • Sugars and vitamin C share common receptors;
  • Glucose, a type of sugar, is used by some animals to biosynthesize vitamin C;
  • Having more sugar in the blood will inhibit the absorption of vitamin C because the body prioritizes sugars.

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Adelina Vasile

Mother, educator, journalist, copywriter. I write about the things I need to learn myself.