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Benefits of maple syrup

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Pass the syrup please ... The pure maple syrup, that is.

A Rhode Island researcher has found more than two dozen compounds in this sweetener that promote good health.

Dr. Navindra Seeram, researcher -"We took twenty liters of maple syrup and extracted it in my lab here and found all these amazing antioxidants that are present in pure maple syrup."

Seeram says many of them are the same antioxidant compounds

Also found in berries. More than two dozen of them in all.

"It's amazing that the maple tree as it has evolved over time -- at least for 300 years -- so if you think of the tree exposed to all these insults, the antioxidants from the tree gets in to the sap, and ultimately ends up in syrup.  I was very intrigued by the diversity of compounds that we found."

This was research initiated by the Federation of Maple Syrup Producers of Quebec and funded in large part by the Canadian government, which makes sense since Canada produces most of the pure maple syrup that is used worldwide.

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