Manuka honey – we know it’s sweet, healthy, and expensive. But here’s why you may want to invest in it anyway.
It’s good for your body
Honey has many health benefits and has been used since ancient times. It can improve sore scratchy throats and coughs, and is said to help with digestion and boost your immune system. Manuka honey is also marketed for use in conditions including cancer, high cholesterol, infections and inflammation. It’s a healthier alternative to sugar as it also contains minerals and vitamins.
You can take it in many ways
The best, easiest, and tastiest way to eat honey is in a teaspoon straight from the tub. And contrary to popular belief, it is actually okay to use a metal spoon to handle your honey, as long as it isn’t hot, says Moira Haddrell, the co-founder of Haddrell’s of Cambridge, which is carried at Nature’s Farm. To soothe a sore throat, bring the honey from the tip of your tongue to the throat very slowly. You can also use manuka as a salad sauce, add it to your cookie dough or drink it with apple cider vinegar.
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It lasts a long time
This is all thanks to manuka honey’s antibacterial properties. But since it is a food item, it does go bad. Try to consume it within a year to keep its freshness, advises Moira. However, don’t panic and throw your manuka honey away when you spot crystallisation. Crystallisation in your honey does not affect its quality or taste. It only affects its texture, which you can fix by adding it to warm water.
How to get the best Manuka honey
To ensure you get the best products, make sure to shop at reputable retailers. For the best quality and purity, choose brands that are Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) certified. This means that the brands undergo tests by the UMF Honey Association to make sure the honey indeed contains the key markers of real manuka honey.
Diabetic patients should consult their doctor before taking honey daily. To everyone else, remember to enjoy your honey in moderation!