Manuka Honey UMF vs MGO

Most genuine high-grade manuka honey from New Zealand includes a UMF rating on the label. Some honey builders instead use an MG or MGO rating. Honeys without a UMF or MG/ MGO rating are generally low-grade honey without the advantageous calibers that have reaped premium manuka honey so much better in demand.

NPA stands for non-peroxide pleasure, the belonging that sees certain points of UMF and MGO manuka honey special. Those manuka honeys that carry only a’ total pleasure’ or’ peroxide pleasure’ rating do not have this special NPA property and should be considered low-grade honey.

UMF ratings are based on specific natural markers characteristic of manuka honey, such as leptosperin and methylglyoxal. UMF ratings correspond to the authority of the desirable NPA belongings of honey. Typically honey with NPA between 5 and 9.9 are labelled UMF 5+, honey with NPA ratings between 10.0 and 14.9 are rated UMF 10+, and so on.

MGO is methylglyoxal, sometimes referred to as MG.

About the Manuka Honey UMF-MGO Calculator

Premium manuka honey from New Zealand carries a UMF rating or an MGO rating, which indicates the concentration of the characteristics that make manuka honey so special.

There is a correlation between UMF and MGO. This table shows UMF ratings and their MGO equivalents.

UMF RATING MGO*
UMF 5+ 83
UMF 10+ 263
UMF 12+ 356
UMF 15+ 514
UMF 18+ 696
UMF 20+ 829

* MGO is measured as methylglyoxal mg/kg (ppm)