Manuka Honey: Honey for Nothing
When it comes to honey, there’s honey and then there’s ANGELIC VO: Manuka! overpriced superfood of the honey world, and I know what you’re thinking, you’re about to dress up like a bee and tell me all the reasons
why manuka is some sort of scam and you’d be wrong!
Who am I kidding, you’re mostly right and yes I am dressed like a bee. And I am your bee friend, Ben Bee here to help you on your bee venture! You’re gonna do
tortured puns the entire time aren’t you? Bee course! That means of course. In bee! A buzz buzz buzz buzz buzz.. If you’ve drunk the honey flavoured kool-aid manuka can treat just about anything. Wait, why am I in a bee hive? You’re in Ward B! If you believe the hype, manuka can help with sore throats, heart disease, arthritis, dental health washing your face, split ends, athlete’s foot, cholesterol, wounds, burns, superbugs and a million more things. This one says it can relieve the
symptoms of stomach ache, gastric ulcer and pregnant woman? Ahh excuse me, I’m not a symptom. And with excessive claims come excessive prices. And now it’s time, for your bill so that was $180 per jar.. He’s gone into bill shock! I need five cc’s of manuka honey stat! Who am I talking to? But is manuka honey really all it’s cracked up to.. BEE! Manuka honey is derived from the nectar
of manuka trees and it’s one of those things that both Australia and New
Zealand claim as their own, like Russell Crowe. Oh I loved him in Glad-BEE-ator, not so much in a
BEE-utiful mind! so let’s So let’s start with the positives. Manuka honey
can have high levels of antibacterial activity. Some companies describe this as the so-called Unique Manuka Factor Others call it NPA
or MGO, but whatever sciencey marketing label they give it, the higher the
antibacterial activity, the higher the price. So, tell me do all these and antibacterially acronyms actually mean it works, Doctor? Hmm I’m a bee. I’m a doctor. A real doctor? I have a PhD. I have a Ph-bee. I investigate
the antimicrobial and prebiotic properties of honey. Hmmmm. Continue. There are
lots of clinical trials and case studies showing that honey, and manuka honey in
particular, is very effective at treating wounds, incisions, burns and ulcers when
it’s applied topically or directly. BEE-lightful! It’s always best to treat
wounds with honeys that are specifically packaged as wound care
products and approved by the TGA as a medical device. To check if a wound care
product is TGA approved, look for one of these codes on the packet or do an ARTG
search at tga.gov.au. Yeah but manuka honey ham is a
registered wound care product right? Honey-based wound care products are really only a tiny fraction of the wound care market. There’s just a few brands available and they’re nowhere near as pricey as edible
manuka products. Manuka honey can also cure gingivitis, strep throat and staph infections! I have golden staph? Golden stuff for the golden staph! Well, using manuka honey topically in a clinical setting is really effective against these superbugs
that caused staph and strep infections but that doesn’t mean that we should
just be treating these bugs at home with honey that’s meant for eating. So just because honey in the lab has shown some promise doesn’t mean you
should try fighting superbugs with honey from the supermarket. And there’s
definitely no reason to pay huge prices like say $230 for Manuka honey
that’s meant for eating, no matter how much they try to make it sound like
medicine. Take five grams, thirty minutes before meals, three times daily and increase if necessary. Trust me, I’m a bee. So why these insane prices?
To put it simply it’s the halo effect, promising medical research
is being used to create the impression that manuka is extra-special when it’s
sold as a food, and if you’re in any doubt about this just look at how online
shop Natonic promote this $124 bottle of eating honey by saying that
manuka is effective against the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers and strep throuat. Well manuka honey is a..
VO: Superfood. But if you’re buying it as a food which most of us are, all of those special antibacterial properties that make manuka so interesting in the
lab and in the clinic, they’re destroyed by the digestion process. In that sense mauka is like most topical treatments. They don’t work if you eat them. What?
Shhh! Eat your Savlon. So ironically rather than being a superfood, manuka is not super when it’s used as a food. And unfortunately there’s no hard evidence to support basically all of the other claims. Will it help my hay fever?
No. Prevent diabetes?
No. Let me sleep better?
Nup. Will it make my peanut butter sandwich tastes better? Okay yes. Look, I’m not saying you should stop eating honey, and if you do care about the latest research when it comes to honey in general, there’s actually a
bit of buzz. Oh excuse me I’ll do the bee puns around here. Yeah go on then There’s actually a bit of buzz… yeah.. Eating honey in general can have some therapeutic
benefits because honey has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and
prebiotic properties. And those good things aren’t killed by the digestion
process? No, but you are just as likely to get these potential benefits from regular honey as you are from one of the manuka varieties. Look if you like the taste of manuka then go nuts but don’t go wasting your money on high
UMFs or MGOs or whatever because when it comes to eating it, really it’s all just
honey. Okay what’s the next story? It says we’re explaining the birds and the bees! Ohhh! I wish somebody explained that to me seven months ago!