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Superbugs watch out. One of our favourite sweet foods is coming to get you. That’s the news that’s all over the health news wires and in the papers today. I’m talking about the report on manuka honey and how it has been found to combat bacteria, including infections such as MRSA. The results of research carried out by Cardiff-based scientists, led by Professor Rose Cooper, has just been presented at a meeting of the Society for General Microbiology.

Apparently, lab tests show that manuka honey could be the answer to antibiotic-resistant infections, as it may help stop bacteria attaching to tissue, which of course causes an infection. Preventing the bacteria from invading tissue also makes it less resistant to the action of antibiotic drugs too, the researchers say.

No, it doesn’t seem that new to me too, as honey-based dressings are already used by hospitals in this country and elsewhere. Honey has powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties, everyone knows that. And manuka honey – especially the medical grade stuff – is absolutely the best. Top dog. So quite why everyone is getting excited about it today is a mystery.

But let’s not rain on manuka honey’s parade. Any advancement that might help win the war against superbugs such as MRSA is very much welcome, and especially when it concerns a natural substance (and such a delicious one too). So go manuka honey. And thank you all you lovely manuka honey bees.