how to replace sugar with maple syrup
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In 2004, on average, Canadians consumed the equivalent of 26 teaspoons of sugar daily. This amounted to over 24% of their total daily calorie intake! When white sugar is refined from cane sugar, most nutrients are lost. When we eat a lot of white sugar, our pancreas becomes strained from having to constantly release insulin in order to break down the sugar and stabilize our blood sugar levels. If this happens too much, the pancreas cannot handle the strain and insulin is produced erratically, which causes the blood sugar levels to be uncontrollable. This can lead to type 2 diabetes. This is why many people are looking for healthier alternatives to white sugar.
Maple syrup and maple sugar are excellent alternatives to white cane sugar. Maple is also a healthier alternative than honey, since it contains fewer calories and has a higher concentration of minerals. Maple syrup is a good source of zinc, which is good for your heart. Zinc is also an antioxidant. Maple syrup is also an excellent source of manganese, which is linked to HDL- the “good cholesterol”. Both zinc and manganese are important to your body's immune system. Just make sure that you are using 100% pure maple syrup!
You can substitute maple syrup or maple sugar, depending on what you are cooking or preparing, to any recipe which calls for white cane sugar. Not only will you be eating healthier, you will also get to enjoy the unique maple flavor! In recipes, replace a cup of white sugar with one cup of pure maple sugar, more or less depending on your preference. You can also replace white sugar with pure maple syrup. 375ml of pure maple syrup is roughly equal to 1 cup of white cane sugar. You will need to reduce your liquids by a quarter to a half. Maple sugar is delicious in baked goods such as muffins, cakes, cupcakes, and pancakes. You can even add maple sugar to your homemade icing recipe for natural color & a hint of maple flavor.
Other ideas for replacing white sugar with maple:
- mix maple sugar into coffee, tea, oatmeal, whatever you like!
- use maple syrup to sweeten plain yogurt
- use maple syrup as a glaze over turkey or ham