One of the key ingredients Wonderfully Raw purposefully includes in our delicious treats and bite-size morsels is Vermont's finest organic maple syrup. In comparison to other products that use agave as their chief sweetener, it is our policy to not feature this ingredient for a number of reasons, as detailed below. This clear overview of the benefits of organic maple syrup versus the risks associated with agave is essential reading for anyone interested in good health and sound nutrition.

Benefits of Vermont Organic Maple Syrup

Antioxidant Strength: The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds of organic maple syrup, according to researchers at the University of Rhode Island, may help prevent several chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and even Alzheimer's. Of principal interest is one particular antioxidant compound that may help diabetics keep their blood sugar levels balanced, since this property inhibits the enzymes responsible for the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.

Excellent for Digestion:: Unlike other sweeteners, which often cause gas and bloatedness, organic maple syrup may aid with digestion and not cause any of the complications or side effects associated with artificial sweeteners.

Muscle Recovery:: Since organic maple syrup contains manganese, which helps repair muscle and cell damage, it also promotes bone strength and normal blood sugar levels.

Nutrient Rich:: Organic maple syrup contains essential nutrients like zinc, iron, calcium and potassium. With zinc, there is also support for reproductive health, maintenance of white blood cells and further protection against colds and viruses.

Dangers and Risks of Agave

Fructose and Chronic Disease: Agave contains fructose, which, according to multiple studies and an official statement from Dr. Andrew Weil, the body does not not metabolize well. Excessive fructose consumption deranges liver function and promotes obesity. In Dr. Weill's own words: "The less fructose you consume, the better."

Higher Fructose Than Any Other Common Sweetener:: Fructose is a major culprit in the rising number of reports about patients battling Type 2 Diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The sweetener may also increase the risks of heart disease and cancer.

"Diabestity Epidemic": The high number of calories in fructose, combined with the early onset of Type 2 Diabetes among younger (but obese) patients, is responsible for a new problem known as "diabesity," where an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise create a new global health crisis.