Sunday, April 24, 2011

Maple Syrup and Type 2 Diabetes?

Maple Syrup Enzymes May Inhibit Type 2 Diabetes?

New research has discovered enzymes in maple syrup that may help inhibit Type 2 diabetes. "Our study took it to a different level," said Dr. Navindra Seeram, a University of Rhode Island natural product chemist. "We did this large scale, and took a large quantity of maple syrup and found 54 phenolics (plant compounds) of which 40 were being reported from maple syrup for the first time."

More studies will be needed to determine if an effective drug can be produced.

All of the above sounds great, right? Well, just as an FYI , the study was funded by the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. I think I would embrace the results more if the funding came from a different source. If a drug is produced in the near future, I'll feel better about the reason for the research.

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