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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 5:35PM #1
solfeggio
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A University of Rhode Island researcher has found that pure maple syrup from Quebec contains 54 beneficial compounds, several of which have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  The researcher has found that the anti-oxidant compounds inhibit enzymes relative to type 2 diabetes management:

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/11...

And, it seems that maple syrup is the only natural sweetener that has this anti-oxidant cocktail of beneficial compounds.  It's also interesting to note that maple syrup is the single largest consumed food product entirely obtained from the sap of trees.

But, the point here is that, if you like to use syrup on your pancakes or waffles, it would be better to use maple syrup rather than products with high fructose corn syrup.  Because excess fructose can be dangerous:

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/10...
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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 5:40PM #2
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At least it's quite the literal "hot" topic.


I've always preferred boysenberry syrup. It's an extremely healthy fruit as well.


I think what really matters is what else goes into the preparation. Organic = good.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 5:51PM #3
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Let's see, coffee is actually good for me.


Now the maple syrup on my waffle is good for me.


Hey, I'm a health nut!!!


 


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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 5:56PM #4
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Being sensitive to the chemicals used to process various sweeteners, cane sugar and corn syrup foremost among them, I use real maple syrup almost exclusively as well as granulated maple sugar.


Better still, IMO, is to chop up some berries and let them sit in the fridge overnight so that they juice up, adding if you like a bit of maple syrup or agave nectar which is a healthy natural sweetener, too. Then, dump some of that berry delight on your pancakes or waffles. Gives you a bit of fiber as well as antioxidants, etc. And a real flavor blast! I honestly prefer pancakes or waffles with nothing but my current berry mixture atop them.


And btw, do check to be sure you're buying organic maple syrup. There's a notable difference in flavor if you've never compared it with non-organic. Sure, it's more expensive, but I'll pay more for the flavor burst of organic every time, not to mention the benefits to the environment of buying organic foods.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 6:44PM #5
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Mar 31, 2011 -- 5:56PM, DotNotInOz wrote:


 


And btw, do check to be sure you're buying organic maple syrup. There's a notable difference in flavor if you've never compared it with non-organic. Sure, it's more expensive, but I'll pay more for the flavor burst of organic every time, not to mention the benefits to the environment of buying organic foods.





I absolutely agree with this. The additional cost is worth it.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 7:11PM #6
writingal1
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Soff--hi!


Thanks for another food thread. You find really good things to post on.


A warning really should go witgh the benefits re maple syrup that is sounded by nutritionists all the time--


--A food can have heath benefits of one kind--like the anti-oxidant benefits of maple syrup--and yet not be beneficial in other ways.


And one thing that people forget to do is th check the calorie content of beneficial foods.


Maple syrup is high in calores which means that it is NOT healthy to ingest a lot of it in addition to other calories.


I love certain kinds of gramola--which ['ve mentioned in other threads here--but as healtful as that is I must take into account the calorie content of a food that haa among other things honey and nuts which are high in calories.


So--just saying "good for you" isn't enough. Overall effects should be consdiered as well.


Sorry CL..... ;)

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 7:15PM #7
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Oh, pooh to you, WG!


Someone always has to show up and point out the downside to yummy stuff.


:::::: gleefully admits that when she uses maple syrup, she slathers her pancakes or waffles with Earth Balance vegan soft margarine and at least a quarter-cupful of organic maple syrup :::::


Still healthier done only occasionally than smoking daily, so :-PPPPPPP to you!

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 7:16PM #8
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SHHHHHH!  Hush now!


Darn it!   There goes the price of maple syrup, right through the roof!


;-D


Love,


-- Claudia


 


 


Mar 31, 2011 -- 5:35PM, solfeggio wrote:

A University of Rhode Island researcher has found that pure maple syrup from Quebec contains 54 beneficial compounds, several of which have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  The researcher has found that the anti-oxidant compounds inhibit enzymes relative to type 2 diabetes management:

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/11...

And, it seems that maple syrup is the only natural sweetener that has this anti-oxidant cocktail of beneficial compounds.  It's also interesting to note that maple syrup is the single largest consumed food product entirely obtained from the sap of trees.

But, the point here is that, if you like to use syrup on your pancakes or waffles, it would be better to use maple syrup rather than products with high fructose corn syrup.  Because excess fructose can be dangerous:

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/10...




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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 7:19PM #9
DotNotInOz
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Mar 31, 2011 -- 7:16PM, Paravani wrote:


 


SHHHHHH!  Hush now!


Darn it!   There goes the price of maple syrup, right through the roof!


;-D


Love,


-- Claudia



Yeah, well, when my favorite brand generally runs fifteen bucks for a 12-oz. bottle, I'd say it's gone through the roof long since.

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4 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 7:32PM #10
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Mar 31, 2011 -- 7:19PM, DotNotInOz wrote:

Mar 31, 2011 -- 7:16PM, Paravani wrote:

SHHHHHH!  Hush now!


Darn it!   There goes the price of maple syrup, right through the roof!


;-D


Love,


-- Claudia


Yeah, well, when my favorite brand generally runs fifteen bucks for a 12-oz. bottle, I'd say it's gone through the roof long since.



Woah, no way!


Where in KS are you buying ORGANIC syrup for only $15 bucks???


Please spill!


Love,


-- Claudia

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