Despite its high sugar content which is still lower than brown sugar, honey and fructose, pure maple syrup is a much healthier sweetener than processed white sugar, honey, brown sugar. In fact, a ¼ cup serving of maple syrup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk and more potassium than a banana. It's also a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron.
- Maple syrup has a low glycemic index and the absorption level is low, hence why it is recommended for diabetics.
- Maple syrup contains fewer calories than corn syrup and honey.
- Maple syrup contains various amino acids, minerals and vitamins.
- Maple syrup contains antioxidants, which can delay or prevent free radical induced diseases, such as diabetes and cancer. A portion of ¼ cup of maple syrup contains as many antioxidants as a raw tomato or broccoli.
- A portion of ¼ cup of maple syrup contains 100% of the Daily Value of manganese, which is an important factor in energy production and antioxidant defenses and necessary for normal brain and nerve function. Maple syrup (1/4 cup) is the forth aliment that contains the most manganese on all aliment in the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
- A portion of ¼ cup of maple syrup contains 34% of the Daily Value of riboflavin, which aids in the metabolic process and 11% of the Daily Value of zinc, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
- Potassium decreases risk of hypertension or stroke.
Maple Syrup as an Anti Diabetic Food
Maple syrup contains high levels of phytohormone and abscisic acid. According to research, this type of acid is a natural defense in controlling diabetes and other metabolic syndromes.
The acid is effective because it has the potential to encourage the release of insulin through the pancreatic cells. It can also enhance the fat cell’s sensitivity to insulin. The studies on maple syrup and its effects on diabetes have been reviewed by experts. The results of these studies were revealed before the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.
The Anti Cancer Potential of Maple Syrup
A study by researchers at the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, implies that maple syrup can be more effective than broccoli, blueberries, carrots and tomatoes in significantly slowing cancerous cell growth in the brain, prostate and lungs and somewhat less significantly in the breast.
Reference: Journal of medicinal food. 01/02/2010; ISSN: 1557-7600, OI: 10.1089/jmf.2009.0029