By Ashley Martinez MFN, RDN, LD
Maybe you’ve heard of manuka honey, maybe you haven’t, but what you should know is its nutritious profile is making a name for itself. This honey has been coasting the food trend high rise for a few years now but there’s more to it than just that. Most of us have used honey in some capacity, but did you know the type of honey you choose can reap additional health benefits? Let’s dive into the “stickiness” of the manuka to learn more.
The manuka tree is indigenous to New Zealand and the honey is made from bees gathering its nectar from the flower. This particular honey is unique as its dark, thick consistency with a strong, but sweet flavor provides versatility. To get the most out of its health benefits, it’s important to choose raw honey as opposed to pasteurized honey. Simple Truth™ Manuka Honey is packaged raw, which means it is removed from the hive and bottled right away. Raw honey is in its most natural, pure form as it can contain trace amounts of natural yeast, wax and pollen which also may help with seasonal allergies.
Another attribute to manuka honey is its high enzyme content. These enzymes create phytonutrients, which are found to have positive health benefits that aid in fighting free radicals. Free radicals are otherwise known as “the bad guys”, as research indicates that they can cause cancer. As they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it may be worth arguing to say that a tablespoon of manuka honey a day can do the same.
As there are many benefits to consuming this honey, there are also benefits to applying it externally on the skin. Manuka honey has been used for many years as a topical medicine for acne and eczema. It contains hydrogen peroxide properties which make it a good candidate for healing wounds. Nothing is better than being able to use a product in many ways.
A product that contains more health benefits doesn’t mean the calorie content has to go up! When comparing the nutrition facts label of other honey products, the Simple Truth™ Manuka Honey is almost identical in calories and carbohydrate content. You can use this honey in your tea, in a smoothie, or even drizzled on toast. Its aroma and flavor give a nice twist to your food selection!
Overall, manuka honey can be used in many ways to support the body as it is 4 times more powerful than regular honey. Just 1 tablespoon a day is all you need to do the trick. As you can see, the type of honey you choose can make a world of a difference and maybe, this is your “honey” you’ve been waiting for all your life.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.