Tuesday, 31 October 2017
What you need to know about Manuka honey
Research has shown that Manuka honey contains antibacterial properties that are believed to be beneficial to health.
The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, which indicates the level of purity and quality of Manuka honey, is used to certify good-quality Manuka honey. It is an internationally recognised trademark governed by a third-party body based in New Zealand - the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA).
All licensees of this trademark are audited regularly and have to adhere to strict labelling guidelines. The association is the most recognised indicator of quality Manuka honey.
Here are some frequently asked questions about Manuka honey.
1 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UMF 5+, 10+, 15+ AND ABOVE?
The UMF rating indicates the percentage of antibacterial activity levels in Manuka honey.
Most types of Manuka honey are graded with UMF 5+, UMF 10+, UMF 15+ and UMF 20+. The higher the UMF number, the more potent the antibacterial properties in the Manuka honey.
Each batch of Manuka honey is tested at an independently certified laboratory to receive a UMF rating. A UMF 5+ rating indicates that the honey purity and concentration of anitibacterial properties is between 5% to 10%. If the result is between 10% and 15%, the Manuka honey will be labelled as UMF 10+.
2 WHY DOES MANUKA HONEY USUALLY COST MORE THAN NORMAL HONEY?
UMF-rated Manuka honey is usually pricier than normal honey, or non-UMF rated Manuka honey, due to its limited supply and increasing demand for it as the properties of UMF Manuka honey become more well known.
Not all Manuka flowers produce nectar with UMF properties.
3 HOW DO I CHOOSE ONE THAT IS SUITABLE FOR ME?
Mariuka honey with a UMF 5+ or UMF 10+ rating would generally contain sufficient nutrients and antibacterial properties for the average healthy person looking to maintain his or her overall wellbeing.
UMF 15+ and UMF 20+ ratings indicate a more potent Manuka honey, which may be helpful in easing the symptoms of certain health conditions.
4 HOW DO I EAT IT?
Mamika honey can be consumed in many ways. You can eat it on its own or mix it with water that is below 45 deg C.
The full-bodied nature of Manuka honey also makes it an ideal sweetener in teas, smoothies and marinades, or condiment that provides a nutritious bite to any snack.
Manuka honey with UMF 5+ and 10+ ratings are best paired with foods or added as an ingredient in recipes, while those with a UMF 15+ and above rating taste best when enjoyed as it is.
5 HOW DO I KEEP IT?
Store Manuka honey in a cool, dark place that is below 20 deg C.
Source: Sunday Times
Note: This article is for your info only. Please consult medical or healthcare professionals for advice on health-related matters.