We’ve all heard the health benefits of New Zealand Manuka Honey. Rich in hydrogen peroxide and providing antibiotic properties, Manuka Honey today is used to treat wounds, soothe throats, promote gastrointestinal health, minimize acne, and even prevent tooth decay. Only Manuka Honey contains Methylglyoxal (MG), a naturally-occurring antibacterial-rich property. Therefore, regulating its levels has become essential in the marketplace. Only a product’s UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) designation from the Honey Association can guarantee that a product is, in fact, genuine. According to a recent study conducted by UK’s Fera Science Limited some of the top Manuka Honey products currently contain far lower MG levels than indicated on their labels. Among the recent study’s findings:
- PRI 10+ – PRI 10+ (Pacific Resources International), which should have an MG of 75, actually registered at 93, and many other PRI products independently tested also met or exceeded required MG levels.
- Wedderspoon KFactor 16 – Found to have very low levels of the chemicals which give Manuka its unique properties with an MG level of about 45. What’s more, Wedderspoon – along with several other brands – attempts to validate the purity and effectiveness of their products by relying on pollen counts such as “KFactor” which are not recognized or approved by New Zealand’s respected Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) Honey Association.
- Manuka Health UMF 5+ – Found to have an MG level of 80 despite claiming to have a level of 83 (this brand is sold at Costco).
- Manuka Doctor 20+ – Sold at Sprouts and elsewhere, this product was found to have MG levels so low they didn’t even register – suggesting it may not contain actual Manuka at all.
- Melora Manuka Honey – exceeded required levels by a good margin.