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Maple Syrup May Be A Healthy Sugar Alternative

April 5, 2011 by  

Maple syrup may be a healthy sugar alternativePure maple syrup contains double the amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds than food scientists previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Rhode Island.

Furthermore, they found that the sweet condiment contains phenolics that are beneficial in the management of type 2 diabetes, a discovery that the authors noted came as a stroke of irony.

"I can guarantee you that few, if any, other natural sweeteners have this antioxidant cocktail of beneficial compounds. It has some of the beneficial compounds that are found in berries, some that are found in tea and some that are found in flaxseed," said lead researcher Navindra Seeram.

Foods with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have been shown to reduce the risk of several illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders.

A compound dubbed Quebecol — named for the maple-growing province in Canada — was among the new discoveries. Authors noted that the compound is a byproduct of the sap-boiling process required to make maple syrup.

The researchers said the discovery should not prompt anyone to consume mass quantities of the product, but rather it is meant to inform them that the sweetener is a healthier alternative to high fructose corn syrup-based products.  

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  • Cornrefiner

    High fructose corn syrup is simply a kind of corn sugar. It is composed of the same two simple sugars (fructose and glucose) as table sugar, honey and maple syrup.

    According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), “high fructose corn syrup…is nutritionally equivalent to sucrose. Once absorbed into the blood stream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.”

    High fructose corn syrup contains no artificial or synthetic ingredients or color additives and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration listed it as safe for use in food in 1983 and reaffirmed the decision in 1996.

    As many dietitians agree, all sugars should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle.

    Consumers can read the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at

    Audrae Erickson
    Corn Refiners Association

    • Bob Livingston

      Dear Personal Liberty Readers,

      Don’t believe this propaganda. High fructose corn syrup is a cheap filler with no nutritional value. It only adds calories. It is a non-food, not fit for human consumption. HFCS blocks the assimilation of calcium and is one of the factors behind the U.S. osteoporosis epidemic. It predisposes humans to cancer. It is a synthetic sugar that causes bypassing of the pancreas. This shuts down the pancreas, leading to diabetes. Harvey Wiley, the first head of the Bureau of the Chemist (which later became the FDA) warned that the deceptive marketing of fructose corn syrup would lead to a nation of diabetics. It has happened.

      Best wishes,

      • Karolyn

        So that’s why so many people are diabetic these days! I’ve noticed the commercials on TV about hfcs lately. Junkfood!

  • da norseman

    Growing up in the New England area, pure maple syrup has always been part of our family. It is understandable that a majority of today’s Americans have never tasted it since it is expensive that so many popular commercial brands such as Mrs Butterworth’s® or Log Cabin® have brought costs down by blending maple syrup with other additives such as corn syrup (the latter does market pure maple syrup in limited supply). While the mixed syrups taste good, they do not compare to the taste of pure maple syrup. Certain distributors throughout northern New England and eastern Canada have made pure maple syrup available to the consumer at all major grocery outlets throughout the United States. A pint may cost anywhere from $8 to $12 while a quart of Kirkland Signature pure maple syrup at Costco usually sells for $19.

    Due to the fact that these are easily overlooked by the average consumer because of their usual smaller container sizes and placed at random on shelves with the popular mixed brands, most Americans are missing out on the great flavor nature has yet produced…and that is pure maple syrup!

    • d.Espo

      Over 30 years ago about the time of using corn syrup I personally noticed I had asmatic reactions to corn syrup. Looking up as much as I could without the use of a homecomputer(not invented) I found that they used sulfuric acid to break down the kernel and grab the sugar. I guess they still do it. Iam allergic to the sulpher in this and in dried fruit.
      I believe that this socialist democratic govt. now wants to charge diebetics more money because of their condition just to receive Obama care. Wake up America here are the death panels. Bill Gates and and all of these creeps declare too many people and they want to cull out the sick ones they helped create. The highest number of diabetics is not brown or black or white it is Oriental. You do not know that because they do not carry the fat gene or the newly discovered double fat gene. A cow, a bear and a horse are tons of weight on hay folks!
      It is in their design. Some people are heavy boned and some have the diabetic gene. So are we going to splice genes now to see who lives?

  • Karolyn

    I will not eat pancakes with anything other than pure maple syrup! Won’t touch all the other fake stuff. i was in 7th heaven when a local discount grocery store had 6 bottles 2 years ago and sold them to me for $1 each! Ahhh, bliss! Oh, yeah, maple syrup on sweet potatoes!

  • jopa

    Da norseman: When we were kids we would try anything once so we decided to make syrup one spring.We had our little can and tube set-ups on the the maples and it seemed like it took a week to get about five gallons of sap.If I remember right I think after we boiled it down on the kitchen wood stove for what seemed like days.In the end there was only about a pint it tasted great but I would gladly pay $8 to $12 a quart.Too much time involved.At least I can say “Been there and done that”.

  • jopa

    Pure maple syrup and blueberry pancakes sounds like the most perfect health food.Blueberries contain plenty of anti-oxidants supposedly from what I have heard in the past.


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