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Autumn Blaze Maple
Yes, but...: The downside of the diet living on a maple syrup concoction for several days will probably leave you weak and with less muscle. The major problem with the diet and that it lacks protein, fiber, and nutrients for bruits and vegetables. He risk muscle loss, increased fatigue, overall malnutrition. ...Read more
Low calories: This diet is potentially dangerous. It involves drinking nothing but sugared water for days on end. Of course you will lose weight, but that’s limiting calories. A tablespoon of natural tree syrup contains just 26 calories. That means if you have six drinks a day (each containing the recommended 2 tablespoons of syrup), your daily intake is 468 calories and thats how you lose weight. ...Read more
Not a good idea: Fasting for 2 weeks is not a good idea and is generally considered unsafe from a medical perspective. Clearly, for various reasons it has been done and people have survived it, but it is very unhealthy and i would strongly recommend against doing so no matter what the reason for desiring to do so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My fiance is 28 and over the past couple days has smelled like maple syrup when he wakes up. What should he be tested for?
Smells: It is hard to know what this smell may mean, if anything. Does he feel well? Rather than have him "tested for something", best have him check with his pcp. ...Read more
Weed pollen or mold: The most common airborne allergens in the late summer and fall are weeds (like ragweed, lambs quarter, sage pigweed, etc depending on location) along with mold spores. After the first hard frost, the pollen typically decreases. An allergist can skin test and in 20 minutes, a person can know what they are allergic to. ...Read more
Grade B is better!: Strangely enough, most people feel grade b tastes better & some say it has more minerals. The founder of the lemonade diet advises using grade b- see http://www.Gradebmaplesyrup.Org/whygradebmaple.Html i do not advise doing the lemonade diet without modification. I would add a scoop of a green powder like orac energy greens or vitamineral greens & about 30 grams of hempseed protein-see my comment:. ...Read more
Are pancake syrups all the same from a nutritional standpoint? is there any benefit in 100% maple syrup?
100% maple syrup: Pure maple syrup contains fewer calories and a higher concentration of minerals such as manganese and zinc than honey. Manganese and zinc may help you maintain healthy immune function. It's loaded with polyphenols, plant-based compounds that work as antioxidants. I think it's a healthy choice for your pancake. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I just ate waffles w/ new maple syrup I've never tried, & it was too sweet.I noticed it has 53g of sugars! we never eat that much sugar! will i be ok?
Autumn is a great: Time of year. It isn't too hot or too cold to spend time outdoors engaged in physical activity. What to do? Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise. This site helps determine calories. ...Read more
A genetic disease: Infants with msud lack an enzyme to break down Amino Acids (proteins) in their diet, so the acids accumulate in their blood and tissues and become toxic, causing sweet-smelling urine, ear wax, etc-hence the name-but also brain damage. Each parent contributes one gene for this, so the parents are usually carriers. It is very rare (1:180, 000 births) and screened for in the blood test after birth. ...Read more
Blood tests: Maple syrup urine disease is a genetic condition in which you are not able to metabolize certain Amino Acids (val, leu, ile). They build up in the body until they act like poisons. Babies get sick in a few days & may be in a coma in a week. Newborn screening tests, done at 24-48 hours of life, look for this and other conditions. Amino acid levels in the blood and dna testing confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
See below: The diagnostic test for this condition is the measurement of blood Amino Acid concentrations. Affected patients have elevated levels of Amino Acids (leucine, isoleucine, and valine). Urine organic acid measurement will detect elevated levels of branched-chain ketoacids, lactate, and pyruvate. ...Read more
Newborn screen: In the US, MSUD is part of the newborn screen all babies get before leaving the hospital, but it's usually symptomatic in the first weeks after birth when amino acids start to accumulate in the blood. Symptoms are poor feeding, irritability, seizures, and smelly urine. Definitive test is quantitative plasma amino acids, and is usually done on day of life 2 if there is a family history of MSUD. ...Read more