Can you really lose weight with bee pollen? It depends on who you ask. If you ask some herbalists and naturalists they will tell you that bee pollen is a panacea that cures just about everything. If you ask scientists and researchers they’ll tell you that after years of studies they can’t confirm that eating bee pollen has any positive benefits whatsoever.
You’re not going to lose weight taking bee pollen. Most of the claims made about bee pollen for weight loss are using pollen supplements to replace nutrients in your diet that you would otherwise get from food.
This isn’t a good idea either because bee pollen is actually fairly high in calories. 100 grams of bee pollen contains 314 calories! That’s more than an apple and a banana combined. So compared to fruits and vegetables, it’s no match. You’d certainly be better off in your diet if you consumed raw fruits and vegetables instead of bee pollen.
Bee pollen comes from the pollen that collects around the bee’s bodies. It may be a bit unappetizing to know, but most bee pollen also contains a little bit of bee saliva.
So, even though it contains some bee spit, is it good for you? Bee pollen is fairly good for you. It contains quite a bit of protein, lipids, minerals, carbohydrates, and vitamins. So, how does it compare with fruits and vegetables? Bee pollen contains 0% of your recommended daily value of vitamin A, 83% of vitamin C, 8% of calcium, 35% of Iron and 0% of vitamin K. You can get a LOT more from raw vegetables like Kale and Spinach.
What Uses Are There For Bee Pollen?
So, if you really can’t use it for weight loss, what can you use it for? You can find it in quite a few products at your health food store. You can find it in natural supplements, lotions, baby products, etc.
Some people recomment bee pollen for things like allergies, stomach disorders, alcohol addiction and allergies.
Naturalists and herbalists also recommend pollen for athletic performance enhancment, the improvement of asthma and allergies, and the reduction of some of the side effects that come with chemotherapy.
What you need to know is that there is NO research evidence backing up any of these claims. Also, you should talk to your doctor before you take bee pollen or any “natural” supplements.
How Safe Is Bee Pollen?
As of right now, bee pollen appears to be safe. For anyone who may have bee pollen allergies, however, taking it could cause a serious health problem (hives, swelling, shortness of breath, and life-threatening anaphylaxis).
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding you should avoid bee pollen as it is not safe for you.
The bottom line is that, although bee pollen does have some health benefits, it doesn’t work for weight loss. It seems bee pollen weight loss is merely another overhyped method for slimming down.
Also, as far as nutrition is concerned, you’d be better off taking a nutritional supplement with higher vitamin and mineral counts.