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If you want the real deal in mānuka honey you need to look for the UMF rating. It’s a popular product these days, with a high price tag – but it’s easily faked. Here are a few tips on how to get the best medicinal grade UMF honey.

Always, always check the label

You pay a lot more for active mānuka honey, so it’s worth your while to stand in the supermarket aisle and read labels.

Look for an MG (methylglyoxal – mg/kg) or UMF rating. Anything else – ‘Active XX’, ‘Bio-active XX’, ‘K-Factor XX’ – is probably not the real thing.

Find out who does the testing

The best and most effective mānuka honey gets tested, batch by batch, by an independent laboratory. That way the results are publicly available, and the lab itself has no vested interested in making skewed or false reports – in fact, just the opposite.

Compare the price

You’ll need your calculator for this. There are all kinds of container sizes, so what you’re looking for is a price per unit ($/gm or $/oz). A big clue for identifying the real stuff is that it will be a lot more expensive than ordinary honey.

There will be more than one brand claiming to be active mānuka honey, so among that lot, find the most active honey for the price and buy that.

Check out where it comes from

The very best, most active mānuka honey comes from single suppliers in single batches. Each batch will then have its own UMF or MG rating, according to where and when it was produced. They could even be verified by independent labs with soil samples – these can be compared to the honey, so you know for sure that’s where it came from.

Mānuka honey is also a bit like wine – it improves with age! Organic compounds in the honey increase the active UMF or MG ratings, so the best honey has been stored for up to two years before being packed and shipped.

Watch out for the ‘blend’

Of course, all mānuka honey is a bit blended – the bees won’t stick to only mānuka, even when it’s flowering. It’s the blending that the suppliers do after the honey has been collected that reduces the value and effectiveness of the active mānuka.

The ‘mānuka blend’ honey that’s so much cheaper won’t actually have very much mānuka in it, and it won’t have an MG or UMF rating. Some big suppliers collect mānuka honey from all around the country, and blend it with other honey so the UMF or MG rating is standardised.

If you want the best tasting, most active medicinal honey, choose a single supplier who packs honey hive by hive, batch by batch.

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