Researchers discover Maple Syrup health benefits
|September 15, 2011||Posted by Alex under Canada|
Here’s some truly good news for ya if you’re Canadian and can’t get enough of the syrup that our national trees produce: researchers have discovered that maple syrup has health benefits that include improved liver functions.
Maple syrop contains large amounts of polyphenolic antioxidants and other vitamins that help your liver function smoothly and efficiently.
The study was conducted at a Tokyo University for Agriculture and life, and the researchers discovered that diets containing pure maple syrup, usually used in the form of a sweetner over refined sugar or aspartame, were the ones that benefitted the most from it, rather than diets that consumed large amounts of it.
It would seem then that instead of adding sugar in your tea, that pure maple syrup would be a better option than sugar cubes. (Though, I’m not sure how well that will go over with coffee drinkers!)
Remember though that there is a difference between pure, real maple syrup and the “syrups” that we can find at most groceries stores, which are nothing more than sugar, water, starch and colour.
If you’re one of those people who enjoys french toast or pancakes from time to time in the mornings, you should probably fork out the few extra dollars and go for the real deal when it comes to syrop, your liver might thank you ten years from now!