When you pour maple syrup on pancakes or oatmeal, you probably think you’re just indulging your sweet tooth.
But that sweet indulgence has some pretty potent health benefits to it.
As I’ve pointed out before, not all “sugars” are created equal. High fructose corn syrup, for instance, is even worse than it’s made out to be.
But including some maple syrup in your diet (remember moderation is always the key!) is starting to look like quite a healthy habit.
Scientists studying this delectable tree sap have found it may be a panacea for a whole slew of ills. And the latest research has taken that good news a giant step forward.
Maple syrup fights Alzheimer’s disease linked plaques
University of Toronto scientists have recently found that maple syrup extracts can actually halt the “folding” of two types of brain proteins – beta amyloid and tau peptide — that result in Alzheimer’s disease!
And that’s not all.
The researchers also believe that even if someone already has the disease, compounds in maple syrup may prevent the further tangling or clumping of these defective proteins.
This finding was so impressive, de hecho, that it was even reported at the annual symposium of the American Chemical Society that took place this month in San Diego. Yes, you heard me right – the American Chemical Society.
Maple syrup packed with 20+ disease-fighting compounds
We already knew from previous research that maple syrup (the real McCoy, not some sugar or HFCS look-alike) contains more than 20 disease-fighting compounds. In fact this REAL sweet surprise may beat out superfoods such as broccoli and blueberries in warding off lung, prostate and brain cancer.
It’s also credited with helping to prevent diabetes by actually promoting the release of insulin. And in fact the syrup is significantly lower on the glycemic index than cane sugar. And unlike regular old table sugar, maple syrup delivers some important trace minerals and antioxidants in every spoonful.
|Nutrients in 1 Tbsp of Maple Syrup|
|magnesio 2.8 milligrams|
|manganese 0.7 milligrams|
|potassium 40.8 milligrams|
|calcium 13.4 milligrams|
|zinc 0.8 milligrams|
|iron 0.2 milligrams|
And then there’s the study out of Montreal’s McGill University that found this north woods nectar has anti-bacterial properties that can enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics.
With antibiotic-resistant superbugs still a major threat, that “little” benefit could really come in handy.
Further research is now planned to see whether a maple syrup extract might actually be a cure for degenerative brain disease.
But right now, it looks like there are more reasons than ever to top some of your favorite healthy foods (pancakes and waffles are probably NOT the best choices) with a drizzle of this delicious and healthy elixir for both your body and brain!
sin embargo, keep in mind, as I mentioned earlier, moderation is the key. Eating too much sugar can lead to inflammation.
So use your maple syrup as a flavoring, not a main ingredient, such as in this delicious side dish.
|Tuscan Carrots with Maple Drizzle|
This delicious and nutritious side dish has just a touch of satisfyingly sweet maple syrup. Ingredients:
• 3 cups peeled and sliced carrots
• 2 cups water
• 2 tbsp coconut oil
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 a 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
• sea salt to taste
• fresh ground black pepper to taste
• Place carrots in skillet and add just enough water to cover.
• Turn burner to medium and bring carrots to a boil, simmering over heat until most (or all) of the water has cooked off and the carrots are tender to the touch (about 10 a 15 minutes)
• Gently stir in the rest of the ingredients (coconut oil, maple syrup, rosemary, salt and pepper)
• Reduce heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes
• Serve hot.
To learn a bit more about maple syrup—it’s history and how it’s made—take a few minutes and watch this fascinating video by Zagat.
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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