Sweet-toothed eaters everywhere can celebrate now that a new study has proven the health benefits of consuming pure maple syrup. More than 20 compounds in the saccharine nectar have been associated with good health by a University of Rhode Island researcher, whose study was funded partly by Quebecoise and other Canadian agriculture stakeholders. These positive compounds are anti-oxidants, which help fight cancer, bacteria and diabetes. Experts encourage consumers to use pure maple syrup for the best effects. They say “people view sap as the life blood of the tree.” Turns out it helps humans too.