Can I Have Honey with my Green Tea on the 17 Day Diet?

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Can I have honey with my green tea while on the 17 Day Diet?

“Can I have honey with my green tea on the 17 Day Diet?” is a question I hear all the time.  

Green tea is one of the main staples of the 17 Day Diet. The book advises us to drink at least a cup at each meal time – your green tea can be hot or cold. 

Green tea has a lot of antioxidants and fat-burning properties that make it a dieter’s best friend.

Green tea is a weight loss staple for the 17 Day Diet

However, many of us have a difficult time drinking green tea without any type of sweetener.

Can I have honey with my green tea?

If you review the 17 Day Diet Cycle food lists for Cycles 1, 2 and 3, you will not see sugar on any of the approved food lists let alone honey.

Honey is mainly comprised of glucose and fructose — the same properties as sugar.

Honey is a great way to sweeten tea, but if you're trying to lose weight, you may want to hold off

Don’t get me wrong – I love honey and it has a lot of great qualities. 

Honey contains a lot of antioxidants, helps lower bad cholesterol, and can even help lower triglycerides.

Plus, I personally feel honey is better than eating real sugar.

Sugar and Honey May Keep You From Losing Weight

There is a time and place for incorporating honey into your diet. When you’re sick, hot lemon water with a bit of honey will give you some immune-boosting properties.

However, when you eat too much sugar (honey, maple syrup, etc), this causes a spike in blood sugar levels and therefore increases insulin production. 

This is not good for weight loss. There’s a reason why the 17 Day Diet recommends you limit your sugar intake, including fructose from higher-sugar fruits.

Cycle 1 is All About Detox

However, detox is one of the main focuses of Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. This includes cutting out sugar, which includes honey.

So if you are like me and need your coffee or green tea sweetened, consider using Stevia, the officially approved sweetener of the 17 Day Diet.  

The Stevia sweetener comes from the Stevia plant. 

The sweetener, stevia, comes from the Stevia plant

However, all Stevia-based products are not created equal. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s label because many brands contain sugar or artificial sweetener blends along with the stevia extract.

Plus, most Stevia-based products are heavily processed in order to extract the sweetener from the plant.

Stevia is also known to have a bitter aftertaste, so if you are sensitive to this, consider not using any sweetener over time.

Use Sweeteners Sparingly

At the end of the day, you’re going to have better success losing weight with the 17 Day Diet if you cut out all sweeteners.

While honey is a real food and has great qualities for improved health, having too much while you’re trying to lose weight may keep you from reaching your goals.

I always recommend eating real foods first, and raw honey is one of them. However, I’d use it sparingly while you’re trying to lose weight.

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20 thoughts on “Can I Have Honey with my Green Tea on the 17 Day Diet?”

    • I’d make sure the first ingredient is green tea and I’d be careful about the artificial sweetener. You’ll need to consume artificial sweetener in moderation and the doctor really only recommends Truvia/Stevia.

  1. I don’t like green tea at all or at least ones I’ve tried in the past. do i have to drink it? I know helps burn fat is there something else?

    • Nicole, I’m not a fan either! I personally don’t know if it’s going to make a huge difference or not. If you’re not sure, you can always try green tea supplements to get the same fat burning effect.

    • Low-sugar might be fine. Just keep watching how your weight goes and if you’re not seeing any weight loss, stop drinking it and see what happens.

  2. I had some green tea chai by Bigelow that I liked..and I use Skinny Girl organic Stevia. Hope this is acceptable!

    • Leda, you’re probably fine as long as the tea is real green tea (without artificial sweeteners or added sugar – probably doesn’t have it since you used Stevia!).

  3. Can I chew sugarfree trident gum on this diet? I desperately crave something sweet and the cinnamon or fruit flavors has been my ‘cheat.’ Is this ok??

    • Mary, I personally don’t see a problem, but in the book the Doctor recommends not chewing gum as it causes you to swallow excess air which aggravates bloating. I say proceed with caution!

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    • Angie, at the end of the day, I think plain yogurts with NO added sugar or artificial sweeteners are best to buy. You can add your own fruit and flavorings so you control what you put into your body.

      If you need a fruit flavored greek yogurt, probably the one I’ve been able to find with the least amount of sugar or artificial ingredients is Chobani’s Simply 100. If you’re not sure how your Dannon Light is sweetened, best to look at the ingredients next time and you’ll definitely see what’s in there.


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