There is more good news about pure maple syrup. Researchers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Japan joined together on March 16th at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), in Dallas, Texas, for a full-day symposium devoted to a number of studies that examined potential new health benefits found in maple syrup and other natural sweeteners. One study found  that maple syrup from Canada does not cause the same spike in blood insulin levels as some other sugars in tests performed with laboratory animals. The scientists reported this, and other new promising data, that have implications for both healthy individuals and those suffering from Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is a collection of heart disease risk factors used to describe a cluster of conditions, such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, increased blood sugar and excess body fat around the waist, that occur together.

The session was organized and chaired by Dr. Navindra Seeram, associate pharmacy professor at the University of Rhode Island and a leading scientist in the maple syrup research field. When collectively reviewed, these research findings suggest that maple syrup’s unique cocktail of constituents may be the source of new health benefits. These findings may help support discoveries made over the past few years on the inherent properties of pure maple syrup that comes directly from the sap of the maple tree, making it an all-natural product with unique health benefits.

 

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