Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in and of itself, increases your chances of contracting Diabetes. Diabetes is also the leading cause of Kidney Failure. In fact approximately 44% of Dialysis patients have Diabetes. On March 17th, 2014 researchers from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan shared findings on the potential benefits that maple syrup offers to improve Diabetes outcomes or prevent the disease all together.
Yes, current research is supporting the idea that maple syrup’s unique cocktail of ingredients may be beneficial to one’s health. Pure maple syrup comes directly from the sap of the maple tree, and does not cause the same insulin spike as some other sugars. This may be due to the fact that unlike refined sugar no chemicals are used in the manufacturing of maple syrup; it is a natural unprocessed product. Dr. Keiko Abe, University of Tokyo noted, “While more research is needed, our preliminary findings also suggest that maple syrup may have a positive effect on metabolic syndrome [Type II Diabetes] and could play a role in the prevention of it.”
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Maple syrup comes in different varieties and grades, from a light golden color to a darker amber. It is about as sweet as ordinary sugar and is usually a liquid similar to honey, but it can also be made into maple sugar. Although it is often used in pancakes, you can use pure maple syrup as a sweetener on its own or as an ingredient in cooking. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers cautions that it does not promote an increase of sugar consumption. They note, however, that when choosing a sweetener for moderate use, pure maple syrup has more healthy compounds compared to some other sources of sugar.
Mice with Type II Diabetes who were fed a maple syrup extract were found to have improved insulin sensitivity, increased breakdown of fats in the blood, and better regulation of body weight, when compared to mice on a control diet without maple syrup. Other studies have also offered supporting information which highlight the benefit of the syrup for both those suffering and at risk of Type II Diabetes.
Before beginning to substitute maple syrup into your diet, talk with your Dietitian for recommendations including appropriate serving sizes. Visit KidneyBuzz.com daily for the most up-to-date News & Information that teaches Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes patients how to better manage their lives.
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