(NBC) - A Rhode Island researcher has found more than two dozen compounds in maple syrup that promote good health.
It turns out there are amazing antioxidants in pure maple syrup. Researchers said many of them are the same antioxidants also found in berries.
The research was initiated by the Federation of Maple Syrup Producers of Quebec. It was funded in large part by the Canadian government, which makes sense since Canada produces most of the pure maple syrup that is used worldwide.
"One of the things that we wanted to do with our research is to educate people that if you're choosing to eat sweeteners, and people are going to eat sweeteners, that the choices are it is a natural sweetener, it comes from a medicinal plant and that it has antioxidants which are probably potentially health beneficial," Dr. Navindra Seeram, who heads up the research, said.
The maple syrup involved in the study isn't what you'll usually found on the shelves at the grocery store. Pure maple syrup is thin like water.