THE SCIENCE BEHIND MAPLE
Maple syrup is much more than just delicious!
Researchers in Québec and around the world are learning about its natural composition and potential benefits to human health.
These internationally-recognized researchers are part of a scientific network assembled by the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers. Their work is expanding our knowledge of maple, thereby bringing it to the attention of more and more people around the world.
To date, QMSP has invested over $9 Million in some 100 research projects over 12 years. Acknowledged by the scientific community at large, they approach maple through disciplines as diverse as nutrigenomics, physiology, the chemistry of natural compounds, and life cycle analysis.
The Composition of Maple: The Facts are Becoming Known
Research has revealed that 100% pure maple syrup contains nutritious minerals and vitamins. One 30 ml (2 Tablespoons) serving of maple syrup provides 72% of the daily nutritional requirements of manganese, 27% of riboflavin, 17% of copper, and 6% of calcium.
Two Nutrition Facts labels are pictured above. The 30ml label applies to the United States and the 60ml label applies to Canada.
One 60 ml serving of Maple Syrup contains 78.2 mg of polyphenols.
The work of Dr. Navindra Seeram in the Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Rhode Island (USA) led to the discovery of 67 polyphenols in Québec maple syrup. One of them, Quebecol, is unique to maple syrup and is found nowhere else in nature. Further study is underway to ascertain the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.
Let’s see what other surprises are to be found in Incredible Maple!