Like honey, maple syrup is also still considered a form of sugar, albeit a healthier one than normal table sugar, and it contains at least twenty-four different antioxidants, with some studies indicating it has more than fifty. It contains minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium, iron, and zinc. While maple syrup still raises blood glucose levels, it has a slightly lower glycemic index than table sugar, which means glucose will rise at a slower rate when using maple syrup as a sugar substitute. Research conducted in test tubes suggests compounds in maple syrup could have anti-cancer properties, and more research into this is ongoing. In addition, studies suggest the syrup could ease bloating for some patients. When choosing maple syrup, opting for an organic version or a grade 'A' version could be beneficial. Many name-brand maple syrup products available at the grocery store are not pure maple syrup; they actually contain additives, including corn syrup and regular sugar.
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