"I continue to say that nature is the best chemist, and that maple syrup is becoming a champion food when it comes to the number and variety of beneficial compounds found in it." [Dr. Navindra Seeram]
Sweet! Literally... now sciencedaily.com has posted something about the health benefits of maple syrup. Researchers at URI discovered 54 beneficial compounds (including 5 "new" ones... 2 of which can be synthesized to fight fatal diseases) in pure maple syrup from Quebec. Twenty of these compounds play a key role in human health, and have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help with everything from fighting cancer, to bacterial infections, to diabetes. Wait... what?!? Yup, that's right, maple syrup phenolics inhibit two carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzymes that are relevant to Type 2 diabetes management. Time to start carbo-loading with some pancakes!