The Sweet Healthy Maple Treat
You can’t use it in everything, unless your friends absolutely love brown frosting. But when possible, you might consider real maple syrup as a sugar or corn syrup substitute. It actually loads in a lot of good stuff with the calories.
Some benefits of maple syrup were previously known, but University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram found new anti-oxidant compounds in maple syrup samples taken from Canadian trees. They’re present in the sap alone, but in more beneficial amounts when a dozen or more gallons of sap are boiled down to make a gallon of syrup:
During his maple syrup research, Seeram and his research team found phenolics, the beneficial class of anti-oxidant compounds also found in berries. “We speculated that the sugar maple is wounded when it is tapped for its sap, and that it secretes phenolics as a defense mechanism.”
Seeram said the sap probably has low concentrations of these native phenolics. “But when you boil the sap down, there could be higher levels because syrup is a highly concentrated liquid.”
It must be mentioned that the survey and research derived some of its funding from the maple syrup industry. Still, it’s worth considering the possible side benefits of shelling out a bit more for the real stuff over the Pancake Syrup.