Antioxidants in maple

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ)

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers (FPAQ)

Standard Supplier 24th November 2015

Antioxidants in maple

Eating food high in antioxidants should be on top of everyone’s healthy diet list.

Pure maple syrup features 63 different antioxidants positioning it among fruits and vegetables well-known for their health benefits.

Pure maple syrup is a superior ingredient to white sugar to increase your antioxidant intake. Why? Maple syrup is unprocessed and thus contains all the antioxidants molecules that the tree produces to protects itself in its wild environment.

WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS?

Antioxidants are vitamins and nutrients that protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. In humans, common health conditions related to free radicals include cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and degenerative disorders, hypertension or stroke.

WHAT DO ANTIOXIDANTS DO?

Eating foods high in antioxidants may help in delaying or preventing such free radical-induced illnesses.

Pure maple syrup contains many active antioxidant elements, such as polyphenols, trace elements and vitamins. Recent studies found that pure maple syrup from Canada combines many families of antioxidants, some of which are also found in berries, tea, whole wheat, flax seed and red wine.

The sheer number and variety of healthy compounds makes the sweetener a powerful antioxidant cocktail. The antioxidant strength is similar to that of red Gala apples, broccoli or bananas.

An 83g portion of maple syrup contains as many antioxidants as an apple or a broccoli, providing between 10% to 38% of the recommended daily antioxidant allowance.

The darker the grade of maple syrup, the higher the antioxidant activity.