Manuka honey. Is it a superfood or a superfad?
Firstly, it’s important to understand what it is. Manuka honey is made specifically from the nectar of the Leptospermum scoparium flower. This plant is native to New Zealand and south-east Australia and is what makes it different from ‘regular’ honey.
It’s also important to note that honey in general has been used therapeutically throughout history—traditionally as a wound dressing, as it has antimicrobial properties, being high in sugar and with a low PH; it actually inhibits microbial growth. With this in mind, Manuka honey too has been well reported as a topical treatment for wound dressing—but you need to find ones marked as medicinal grade.
So, what about the other claims that Manuka honey can do everything from boosting energy to lowering cholesterol? Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough robust evidence to support this.
Ultimately, if you’re just looking for an ‘everyday’ honey that you can enjoy in cooking, go for regular or Manuka, but ensure it’s labelled 100% pure honey.