Report: New research has found that Irish heather honey has antioxidant properties comparable to New Zealand's famed, and more expensive, manuka honey

A team from Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin examined 131 Irish honey samples and compared them with international varieties. 124 of the Irish samples were multi-floral honeys, three were heather honeys, two were ivy honeys and two were oilseed rape honeys.

The research showed Irish heather honey had the highest TPC (Total Phenolic Content) of all Irish single origin honeys. It also had a higher TPC than manuka honey, which has become increasingly popular in recent years and tends to be sold as having health benefits.

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From RTÉ News, Philip Bromwell reports on the findings of the survey into Irish heather honey

The research was led by PhD student Saorla Kavanagh at DCU School of Chemical Sciences.

"My findings show that Irish honeys have a high phenolic content. Really interestingly, the research shows that the content in Irish heather honey is comparable to manuka honey, and in some cases Irish heather honey had a higher total phenolic content than manuka honey," she said.

"Our research shows that Irish honey is a high quality product and something that we should really value. Interest in beekeeping and honey production is growing in Ireland, and we are delighted to be able to support it," said Dr Blánaid White, from DCU.

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