The 5 Best, and 5 Worst Sweeteners to Have in Your Kitchen

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February 14th, 2012

Rodale.com Original Article

Good Guy #5: Real Maple Syrup

All types of sweeteners should be used in moderation, but turn to real maple syrup if you want a naturally sweet treat. It’s lower in calories and packed with more minerals than honey, and may even ward off cancer and heart disease. In 2011, a pharmacist from the University of Rhode Island discovered 54 previously unknown compounds in maple syrup from Canada, many of which were anti-inflammatory (which protects your heart) and exhibited cancer-fighting antioxidant properties. Ironically, two of the antioxidants they found were later discovered to fight enzymes that lead to type 2 diabetes. When you’re buying it, just make sure the label reads 100 percent maple syrup—not not high-fructose corn syrup and “natural maple flavoring.”

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