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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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