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Maple Syrup Health Risks
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
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
Origin/genes: This is a rare defect of metabolism named for the sweet maple syrup smell of patients urine.It occurs in about 1/150,000 births worldwide with a higher frequency in the older Mennonite community.New cases appear when two asymptomatic "carrier" parents give their one defective gene to create the gene pair in the affected infant. Most parents of a new case never knew they were at risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your genes: Msud is a genetic disorder. It occurs about 1:300000 although in some populations like mennonites the risk is as high as 1:300. There are multiple different genes associated with this disorder but all are involved in the metabolism of branched chain amino acids. The risk of having msud depends on the carrier status of your parents. Similarly, the risk to offspring depends on your carrier statu. ...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 2 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?
Brain damage: Maple syrup urine disease (msud) is caused by a gene defect. Persons with this condition cannot break down the Amino Acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. This leads to a buildup of these chemicals in the blood. In the most severe form, msud can damage the brain during times of physical stress (such as infection, fever, or not eating for a long time). Some types of msud are mild however. ...Read more
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