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“Lose weight” and “get in shape” are two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and The Maple Syrup Diet made famous by Beyoncé Knowles who used it to lose 20 pounds for her role in the movie Dreamgirls in 2006, is making a comeback.

The Maple Syrup Diet, also known as the Lemonade Diet or Master Cleanse was created in the 1940’s by the late naturopath Stanley Burroughs. Burroughs claimed to be a holistic healer and published a pamphlet titled “The Master Cleanser” detailing a 10 day detoxification program. It was originally intended to cleanse the body, especially the colon, of retained matter and toxins.

Although The Master Cleanser was published in the 1940s, it was the revised version published in the 1970s that brought the Master Cleanse to the public’s attention.

Basically, the Master Cleanse is a concoction of maple syrup (or maple sugar), lemon juice, cayenne pepper and water taken a minimum of 6 times a day for about 10 days.

The caloric content of maple syrup is similar to sugar. However 13 grams of maple syrup (a little less than a tablespoon) contains 22% of the FDA daily value of manganese. The same amount of syrup contains 3.7% of the daily value of zinc. Maple syrup has 15 times as much calcium as honey and 1/10 of the sodium.

Scientists are studying the natural phenols found in maple syrup for potentially beneficial antioxidant compounds relevant to type 2 diabetes. Thirty four new compounds have been discovered, five of which have never been seen in nature. One of those new compounds is Quebecol, a phenolic compound created when maple sap is heated and reduced to make syrup.

Since you should always consult with your physician and do your research before trying any diet, type “Maple Syrup Diet”, “Lemonade Diet” or “Master Cleanse” into the search box of your favorite search engine to learn more.

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