Is maple syrup a good sweetener for people with diabetes?

Researchers have recently discovered new compounds in pure maple syrup that possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties have been shown to benefit people with cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses. While the preliminary study of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds appears promising, the study did not say that maple syrup should be used as treatment for diabetes.

Maple syrup is tasty and is sweeter than regular table sugar. One tablespoon of maple syrup contains 13.4 grams of carbohydrate! When used in moderation with carbohydrate counting, small amounts of maple syrup can be safely incorporated into a healthy meal plan. Fingersticks will tell you how your blood glucose responds to the addition of maple syrup or any other food in your meal plan.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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