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This last acquisition was particularly important because weekend breakfasts feature pancakes on a regular basis. We make the drop scone variety and the girls cannot get enough of them. They are also a good vehicle for ensuring the consumption of fruit generally bananas and blueberries which are a well known super food. Recently however we were delighted to find out that another staple of our breakfasts both with pancakes and porridge is claimed to be the new super food. Yes maple syrup. In a study just reported at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers analyzed the various compounds in maple syrup. They found 54 antioxidants, including five new ones. And they found polyphenols that appear to interfere with the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, which leads the m to think that this might be a good sweetener for diabetics.
Some are less convinced by these findings because the same kind of polyphenols are found in fruit and veg. However we use it in moderation and I have to say that I am delighted that its natural properties have been recognised and I am sure that this has something to do with the fact that there is very little processing involved in the production of maple syrup. No need to feel guilty about your children eating maple syrup any more. Enjoy and spread the word especially with Easter round the corner.