Can Maple Syrup Benefit Diabetes?

Recent research done on Maple Syrup compares and contrasts the Maple Trees’  protein’s, hormone’s and enzyme’s and how they may positively impact Diabetes in human’s.  Too good to be true?  While sugars have to be monitored in a diabetic diet, researchers are going deeper and exploring Abscisic Acid’s importance in an individual’s diet. 

The main phytohormone, abscisic acid, found in both maple water and maple syrup is getting alot of attention as the same phytohormone  that is also found in dark green vegetables like broccoli and in berries.  The abscisic acid travels up and down the tree stem and comes from the chloropasts in leaves, which also produce cartenoids that give color to fruit.  Looking more closely at how this special phytohormone operates within the tree has shown that it is able to to promote wound healing (via proteinase inhibitors)  also meaning that it can fend off pathogens. How does that tie into a human’s diet?   “Along with other effects, it is known to stimulate insulin release through pancreatic cells and to increase sensitivity of fat cells to insulin, which makes it a potent weapon against metabolic syndrome and diabetes.” (

Dr Yves Desjardins, a professor at the Department of Phytology at Université Laval in Quebec, Canada and has studied Maple Trees and the production of it’s syrup.  Dr. Desjardins confirms that further studies  must be done in order to better conclude how maple syrup affects insulin homeostasis long term, and how we can more accurately understand the consumption of maple products and their affects on insulin behaviour.  Likewise, University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram, specializes in medicinal plant research, has “found more than 20 compounds in maple syrup from Canada that have been linked to human health, and 13 of these compounds are newly discovered. ” (
Food Sceintists eagerly await news, “Studying maple products is of particular interest to the food science sector when we consider that all the bioactive molecules of the sugar maple are carried in its sap and that these molecules are forty times more concentrated in maple syrup.”

Before adding maple syrup to your diabetic diet talk to both your Doctor and Diabetes Educator so that they can monitor any changes that you make in your diet and accurately document your blood chemistry.

Kim Crocker

REFERENCES  March 5,2010 Montreal, Canada March 5, 2010  March 22, 2010

Control Obesity, Control Pathologies???

PLEASE VIEW!!!  Dr. Oz, a nationally renowned Physician, conducts a round table discussion on “Obesity and Diets” that may or may not contribute to pathologies.  What do we really know about nutrition and how it should be individualized?  Does obesity then relate to our hormonal and biochemical make-up?  What we do know is that an individual can change their DNA (as related to predipostion) make-up based on a two year dietary intake.

Globally, research is being done on nutrition and it’s impact leading up to certain pathologies.  The North American diet, with the exculsion of Alaska, is not healthy.   It has been shown that individuals in Asia, South Europe (mediterranean) and Central America have biomarkers that are healthier than what is found in other parts of the world.  Could this be related to the “essesntial fatty acids” found in omega 3, commonly found in fish and various seafood?  Could it be related to lifestyle, more walking and working with ones hands or more rest?  I look forward to hearing from the readers and what their experience has been.

Great information not commonly known amongst the public at large.

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Meal Plan for Optimal Glucose Levels (Diabetes)

Obtain optimal blood glucose levels by Meal Planning. Diabetics learn to keep their insulin in balance through out the day. Like the Food Pyramid that most are familiar with following, diabetics also have their own food pyramid that they can refer to in order establish their diet.
Proper meal planning should include spacing out 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day to maintain steady blood sugar levels, so that consumption of food is every two hours. Contrastly, eating a big meal only once or twice a day can cause extreme high or low glucose levels. In addition, if the exercise regimen is changed, changes should be made to the diet accordingly, to maintain weight control and to control blood sugar levels.
For more information on  the impact of: Salt, Sugar and Alcohol

As you practice your diet, you will begin to learn different food combinations.

A combination to avoid at a single meal would be a plate with potatoes, corn, beans and a slice of bread. Your body will break down all four as breads, therefore, increasing your blood glucose levels. Whole grain breads are best to use (Aunt Milles Whole Grain, Multi Grain breads are good source and 2 slices equals 1 serving!) also providing protein compared to white breads.

Additionally, root vegetables (beets, potato, yam) are high in fructose content (natural sugar), as are oranges, bananas and pineapples. A better choice would be apples, pears, cherries and plums.

ALL FOODS CAN be eaten, but they must be monitored in serving size and combined properly at meals in order to reduce insulin output, which will result in lowering your blood glucose. Recent studies have shown that Oolong Tea can contribute the pancreas which in turn reduces the insulin output.  You can drink up to  6 cups a day.

Contact your doctor, dietitian or post a message to find out what your meal plan should reflect.
Mens’ daily servings of food could be 1/4 – double of what a daily serving size may be for women.

Daily Servings Per Food Group
Suggested Serving Size
3-4 servings of fruit
1 small fresh fruit, ½ cup canned or dry fruit, ½ cup cup fruit juice
1 ounce of nuts (28-30 individual nuts): Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Soynuts

3-5 servings of vegetables
1 cup raw vegetables, ½ cup cooked vegetables, ½ cup tomato or vegetable juice

6-11 servings of breads whole grains, beans, and starchy vegetables (shoot for 6 servings a day) 1 slice bread, (recommend Aunt Millies breads. 2 slices = 1 bread serving!) ½ small bagel or English muffin, 1 6-inch tortilla, ½ cup cooked cereal or pasta

2-3 servings of milk and yogurt
1 cup milk or yogurt

2-3 servings of meat, cheese, fish, and other proteins
2-3 oz. Cooked lean meat, fish or poultry, 2-3 oz. cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup Tofu, Nuts

Sparing use of fats, oils, and sweets
A serving of fats and oils can be 1 tbsp. butter, margarine, oil or mayonnaise. A serving of sweets can be ½ cup ice cream or 2 small cookies.

Meal Plan Combining Foods (for optimal glucose levels)
The daily menu follows the theory presented that “All Foods Can Be Eaten, but must be monitored”. Salt is used and also substituted. Sugar is available within the meals, yet limited. Alcohol is allowed, but only a 1/2 glass. (try for every other day routine with alcohol consumption.)
drink plenty of water throughout the day, 64 fl oz or 8 8 oz glasses.

1 cup yogurt
1 slice whole grain bread with pat of butter
1/4 cup berries
1 6 oz c. coffee with sweetner

Snack am
1 ounce nuts

1 8 oz. Milk
2 slices bread
2 slices turkey
3 slices tomato
1 lettuce leaf
1 tsp mustard
1 tsp mayo
1 pear
small bag of pretzels

Snack pm
Nutrition Bar
carrot and celery sticks
1 8oz milk

Lemon Water
1 5oz glass wine
4 oz fish (baked seasoned with salt substitute, capers, olive and cherry tomatoe slices)
steamed broccoli (tossed in tsp oil, garlic, pepper, Mrs. Dash salt substitute)
baked potato oive oil, rosemary, thyme, pepper, salt
whole grain dinner roll

1 c. orange sorbet
1/2 c. ice cream
small slice of cake

For more information you can contact the call the American Diabetes Association at (800) 232-3472 and select “receive more information about diabetes”.
Diabetic Food Pyramid

By: Kimberly Crocker