Why do we recommend Maple Syrup?
At GNC we regularly recommend the use of maple syrup in our programmes for two main reasons:
1) Unlike refined cane sugar – which undergoes a long, complex manufacturing process– maple syrup is relatively a much more natural, unrefined product.
2) It's rich in antioxidants that can protect cells from DNA damage and mutation. The medical journal Pharmaceutical Biology has identified up to 24 different antioxidants contained in maple syrup which are also beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to the formation of various chronic diseases.
How We Choose Maple Syrup
Make sure it is not "flavoured” maple syrup which is highly refined.
Make sure pure maple syrup is the only ingredient, not refined cane/beet sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Ideally organic whenever possible, which ensures the trees weren’t treated with any chemicals.
All types of pure maple syrup is either classified as “grade A” or “grade B.”
Both grade A and grade B maple syrups can be good choices, as long as they are pure and free of preservatives, artificial dyes and flavours.
(Research indicates Grade B may be higher in antioxidants than Grade A so slightly more favourable!)
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