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2011-04-01

Maple Syrup and The Future of Food

I remember seeing this a few years back...fascinating, yet scary, and angering all at the same time. Now, I guess you can view the entire movie for free online. It's long (as movies are), but well worth an evening.

Free Documentary Movie: The Future of Food

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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2 comments:

  1. Hi Dr. Know - My wife and I are in the middle of reading "The China Study" Have you ever read it? It basically talks about the importance of getting your protein from plant sources rather than animal sources.

    Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  2. Hi Tom,

    No, I haven't read The China Study...yet. However, regarding protein sources, my personal opinion is that humans were meant to eat animal meat. The problem is that we just eat WAY too much. Moderation is the key.

    However, there are many health benefits to drastically reducing meat consumption to a fraction of what's currently consumed, and even going completely vegetarian (or pescatarian).

    Being a tree-hugger, there are also environmental benefits to be realized by reducing our over-consumption of meat.

    If going vegetarian, just be sure to include a variety of foods so that in any given 24-hr period, you're consuming all the essential amino acids.

    Well, that's my two-cents on the topic. :)

    Stay healthy!

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