Blueberries, broccoli and fish rich in Omega 3 are among the best known superfoods. But now, if you didn’t know, something rather sweeter can be added to the list of healthy foods containing high levels of antioxidants that boost the immune system. Maple syrup is even being described by scientists as a ‘one-stop shop’ for beneficial compounds. Tests on maple syrup, found that it contains compounds which could help manage Type 2 diabetes. Researchers identified 54 compounds, twice as many as the syrup was previously thought to have. Five were found to be unique to maple syrup. Several of the syrup’s water-soluble, compounds inhibited the enzymes that convert carbohydrates to sugars, raising the prospect of a new way of managing Type 2 Diabetes. They also found that many of the antioxidant compounds, which prevent the oxidation and ageing of the body’s cells, aren’t found in other natural sweeteners. Maple syrup was also found to act as an anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent. And it also tastes pretty good on pancakes.
(Source: Daily Mail Reporter; Image: Instructables)