Food blogger Emma Galloway recently met the team at The True Honey Co. to find out about manuka honey’s goodness, not just as a delicious spread but for our health.
What is so unique about manuka honey?
Naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide gives most honeys a mild antibiotic quality (HPA), but manuka honey’s antibacterial properties come from something else. That ‘something else’ is methylglyoxal (MGO) – a sugar molecule with antimicrobial properties that’s found in most honeys in small quantities but is up to 100 times higher in manuka. Researchers found that when they destroyed the HPA in other honeys (via exposure to heat, light and internal body conditions), the MGO in manuka was still stable and highly beneficial. This occurrence marks manuka honey’s difference to other kinds of honey, as its antimicrobial ability is not destroyed when subjected to human body conditions and internal enzymes.
A growing body of research is proving just how beneficial manuka honey is for treating a wide array of ailments and illnesses. From healing sore throats to helping to cure antibiotic-resistant infections, manuka honey is now even being used in hospitals to treat and soothe wounds, burns and other skin conditions. It’s also being used as a key ingredient in beauty products, as the natural skincare revolution continues to take off.
5 ways to incorporate manuka honey into your daily routine
1 Eat it straight off the spoon! It’s especially good if you’re feeling a little under the weather or at the first sign of a sore throat.
2 Add manuka honey to a cup of herbal tea, just wait a minute or two before adding to ensure all its beneficial properties remain intact.
3 Add a spoonful of manuka honey to your daily smoothie. It’s especially good with banana, yoghurt/milk kefir and your favourite nut butter.
4 Add to simple salad dressings for extra goodness and a touch of natural sweetness.
5 Spread onto thick, hot-buttered toast.
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