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So here's a new study on maple syrup...one of my most favourite foods, along with chocolate and coffee.
The province of Quebec in Canada leads the world’s production of maple syrup, a natural sweetener obtained by thermal evaporation of sap collected from maple (Acer) species.
Previously published studies have shown that maple syrup extracts have antioxidant, anti-cancer (antimutagenic and antiproliferative) properties.
This new study identified a novel compound (which they called "quebecol"...LOL, that's funny...I thought it was an April Fool's joke at first), which is thought to be created during the manufacturing process (in addition to 23 naturally-derived phenolics).
So enjoy your maple syrup (in moderation...it's still a sugar afterall, and just the mere presence of these healthy compounds doesn't make it healthy by default), just make sure it's 100% the real thing. Do NOT use the chemically-infused "table syrup" (which many -- to my agitation -- ignorantly call maple syrup).
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Source: Quebecol, a novel phenolic compound isolated from Canadian maple syrup
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