1. Pierre Dalc Pierre Dalc Canada says:

    This article reads like an ad for maple syrup. The fact that maple syrup contains some micronutrients, antioxidants, and functional oligosaccharides simply does not outweigh the fact that it's 2/3 sucrose (table sugar).

    Calling maple syrup "natural" (thus implying it is healthy) is equivalent to calling table sugar "natural". Both are highly refined products, the first by extracting sap and boiling it to boost the sugar content from 2% to 66%, the second by crushing/boiling sugar cane or sugar beets and removing the pulp.

    For any micronutrients in maple syrup, you are much better off getting them from whole, unrefined foods. See the HealthLine article "Maple Syrup: Healthy or Unhealthy?" for a more balanced view.

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