There is a lot of misleading information in the world of wooden cutting boards, but there is one thing you can rest assured about – your safety.
Cutting boards made from hardwoods (typically maple, cherry ) are much more durable than those made from bamboo, plastic or even glass.
But there’s something else about maple cutting boards that people might not know about – they have the ability to kill certain types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi on contact. They are also more environmentally friendly and has a Natural Antibacterial properties.
Many of the health benefits or cutting board made from maple wood is due to the tree’s natural antibacterial nature and oil surface from the sap of maple trees. The oil produced by the tree has been shown to be able kill scores of harmful bacteria and other harmful organisms on contact.
Since bacteria are oxygen dependent, contact with the cutting board’s wood surface will immediately stop them from reproducing and killing them all off.
This natural antibacterial property is due to the fact that bacteria, viruses and fungi require oxygen in order to survive. Maple’s sap contains a tree’s own natural enzymes which has the ability to kill off these organisms. The sap also has a very low surface tension which does not allow them to adhere to the board and reduces the risk of cross-contamination while preparing food on the board.
The maple tree’s sap also contains a number of natural chemicals that have been used by Canadian indigenous peoples for centuries. These include:
(1) The antibacterial hemicellulose found in maple sap is composed of sugars which are resistant to enzymes and can stop the growth of bacteria. This will kill off harmful organisms such as Salmonella, E. coli, Staphylococcus, Clostridium difficile, and others.
(2) The antimicrobial polyphenols found in maple sap, result in the formation of free radicals which halt the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses. These molecules are cardiovascular-protective as free radicals are anti-inflammatory and help to protect the tree from disease.
(3) The antibacterial triterpenoids found in maple sap inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses. These molecules also have anti-cancer properties and can inhibit the formation of cancer cells.
Naturally Antibacterial Maple cutting boards are a safe and natural way to safely prepare food for yourself and your family.
Used by gourmet chefs all over the world, maple cutting boards are now becoming popular with people who want a safer alternative to plastic cutting boards. Maple is also one of the greenest materials available for cutting boards, making them a popular choice amongst environmentally conscious consumers.
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