· Obesity - Rats fed HFCS gained fat 300% more quickly than those fed equal doses of fruit-derived sugar.
· Diabetes – HFCS significantly increases the risk of developing Diabetes.
· Heart Disease – There is a strong link between HFCS consumption and high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels.
· Liver Damage – HFCS can cause liver scarring which diminishes the organ’s ability to process toxins and may also cause fatty liver.
· Nervous System injury – Alarmingly high levels of mercury are often found in HFCS which can result in irreversible brain and nervous system damage.
- is an excellent source of manganese, which plays an important role in energy production and antioxidant defenses. Manganese is necessary for normal brain and nerve function. A ¼ cup portion contains 100% of the Daily Value of manganese.
- provides 37% of the Daily Value of riboflavin, which aids in the metabolic process.
- offers 18% of the recommended Daily Value of zinc, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
- supplies magnesium, calcium and potassium, decreasing the risk of hypertension which can lead to strokes.
- is lower in calories than honey and corn syrup, averaging about 50 calories per tablespoon.
I read an article in Science Daily which explains that plants have strong antioxidant mechanisms because of their ongoing exposure to the sun. In studying sugar maple trees, scientists have found that when the tree is wounded by a tap, it secretes an antioxidant as a defense mechanism! Research shows that when consumed in its concentrated form, maple syrup is more potent than maple sap. How interesting!