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Is Maple Syrup Healthy?
It seems odd that something so sweet can actually be healthy. But pure maple syrup has many health benefits! Pure maple syrup has fewer calories and a higher concentration of minerals than honey. So the next time you’re looking for a sugar fix, try pure maple syrup!
Pure maple syrup is 100% natural, it has no other ingredients such as preservatives, artificial flavoring or coloring or any other additives. There are many maple syrup products such as maple butter, maple sugar, and maple cream which are also made from only pure maple syrup. Using pure maple products is healthy and easy for snacks, or to add flavour to any meal.
Pure maple syrup is a significant source of many nutrients. Maple syrup contains manganese, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. The key nutrients pure maple syrup contains are manganese and zinc. Zinc is an antioxidant which is also good for your heart, and manganese is linked to HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Both zinc and manganese are important for the body’s immune system.
For people who have diabetes, or anyone who likes to watch their sugar intake, pure maple syrup is a much better choice for a sweetener than sugar or honey. It is recommended to eat foods that have a rating of 55 or lower on the glycemic index. Pure maple syrup is rated at 54, while sugar is rated at 58, and honey at 57.
Pure maple syrup has a unique sweet taste that can add flavour to any type of meal. Try it with sweet potatoes, ham, turkey, baked beans or many other foods. Maple syrup can also be used to substitute sugar in any recipe, just use ¾ cups of pure maple syrup where the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar.
- Jamie Merrimen