TikTok Video Claims Jell-O Tea May Be the Answer to a Sore Throat

An expert says they may be on to something.

March 04, 2021
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TikTok has become a sort of cultural phenomenon in the past year, and aside from being a place to watch (or make!) fun videos with cute dances, it’s also been a source of many viral kitchen hacks – including the super-trendy feta pasta that proved so popular, stores across the country ended up short on feta!

But the latest hack coming out of TikTok is all about a retro pantry staple taking on a new life.

In a recent video posted by TikTok user @Howdoesshe, she shares a trick for relieving symptoms of a sore throat. Her concoction is essentially a hot tea — sounds reasonable during flu seaon — but with a twist: Jell-O and honey are the main ingredients!

In the video, she mixes two cups of boiling water with dry Jell-O powder, and quickly whisks them together before then adding some cold water to her blend. Then, rather than adding the Jell-O to the fridge to set as one might normally do, she pours the mixture into a mug. So it’s a sort of Jell-O based tea. Then, she adds some honey, puts it in the microwave to get nice and hot, and it's ready to go.

According to @Howdoesshe, this is a throat-soothing solution she swears by. We have to admit, we were skeptical, but according to a doctor, this stuff might work.

"Jell-O is a great way to keep hydrated when you are ill with a viral infection or other illness,” said Dr. Soma Mandal a board-certified internist at Summit Medical Group, in Berkeley Heights, NJ.

According to Dr. Mandal, research shows honey has anti-bacterial properties and can help when dealing with viral infections. “It is often used in many lozenges as a cough suppressant and can help coat the throat, providing pain relief and reducing inflammation,” said Dr. Mandal.

When the Jell-O and honey are mixed together, they can actually be something of a double whammy in relieving that sore throat and the cough that goes with it.

“Taken in a tea form, the gelatin in the Jell-O also helps to coat the throat, along with the honey, and allows the honey to do its magic by sticking around longer,” said Dr. Mandal.

Seems easy enough! Now all we have to do is pick a flavor.

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