In a recent article by CBS News (by Jessica Firger) on April 17th, 2015, it was stated that maple syrup could cut use of antibiotics.
It turns out syrup could do much more than make your food taste great. The sap from maple trees may also make antibiotics more effective.
A new study published last week in the journal Applied Environmental Microbiology suggests that adding maple syrup extract to certain common antibiotics may help kill off disease-causing bacteria.
This finding is still preliminary and has not yet been tested on animals or humans, but researchers at McGill University in Quebec, Canada, say using maple syrup extract may be one way to address the growing worldwide problem of antibiotic resistance.
"Potentially by combining an extract from maple syrup with antibiotics you might actually need to use less antibiotics to get the same treatment," Nathalie Tufenkji, an associate professor in the department of engineering at McGill University, was quoted.