Maple syrup's health claims unproven

Madely Health Headlines Commentary for March 22, 2010


Pure maple syrup good for health

Comment: Big surprise that the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are jumping all over this. The report does not involve human testing and cannot make any association with claims of anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic properties. Further, even if we were to assume that it did contain these compounds, what dose would be necessary? How much maple syrup would you have to consume each day to provide a long-term health benefit? What would be the effect of the extra calories with respect to weight gain and the subsequent problems therein?

Enjoy maple syrup for its taste but let’s not justify its use for its medicinal properties and beware of marketers who are salivating over slapping health claims on the labels. For the moment, it is great tasting sugar. That is all that can be said.

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