26 March 2010

Canadian maple syrup found to contain 20 disease fighting antioxidants

In a new study conducted by the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Navindra Seeram discovered that pure Canadian maple syrup contains more than 20 compounds linked to human health.

“We already know the maple tree has strong antioxidant mechanisms,” said Seeram, assistant professor of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences in URI’s College of Pharmacy. “Now we are looking more closely at the tree’s sap.”

Several of these antioxidant compounds are reported to contain anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic properties.

Seeram recommended that consumers choose 100% pure maple syrup rather than pancake syrup and pointed to a survey conducted by The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers which found that 50% of Americans were not sure about the type of syrup they consumed.

Geneviève Béland, marketing executive for The Federation, said, “A healthful alternative to other sugars, pure maple syrup is a flavorful staple for cooking and has various culinary uses beyond breakfast, from a touch of sweet in tea, drizzled over vegetables, or as a glaze for grilled poultry and fish.”

Historically pure maple syrup has benefited many cultures due to its homeopathic health benefits for ailments including stomachaches, the flu, and high blood pressure. Maple syrup’s high levels of zinc and manganese have been shown to promote heart health and boost the immune system.

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