Maple Syrup is Good for You!

Maple Leaves

If you are one of those health conscious individuals who are shying away from sweets, I congratulate you.  If, however, you have an insatiable sweet tooth that is ruling your life, I encourage you to overcome it.  But in either case, the information in this article may prove to be a pleasant surprise.

Let us first take a close look at maple syrup and understand exactly what it is.  So, maple syrup is a sugary substance that is derived from the sap of maple trees — sugar maple, red maple or black maple and others.  This substance is then exposed to high temperatures which evaporate its water content and leaves behind the thickened, sticky syrup that consists of at least 66 percent sugar.

Because maple trees grow in abundance there, Quebec, Canada is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup and Vermont is the largest producer within the United States.  Based on the syrup’s density and translucency, the two major producers of maple syrup grade it with Grade A syrup being light or medium amber while Grade B is the darker of them all.

Maple Syrup

Here are the nutritional facts of maple syrup …

Serving Size:  1/4 cup = 210 Calories

Total Fat:  0
Sodium: 10 mg
Total Carbs:  53 g
Protein:  0
Calcium:  4%

But that is not all because according to research performed by Dr. Navindra Seeram of the University of Rhode Island, maple syrup is a great source of antioxidants known as polyphenols.  Dr. Seeram has shown that polyphenols help suppress inflammations which are directly linked to a wide range of serious medical conditions, including cancerous growths and arthritis.  This research also proved that the levels of these powerful antioxidants are higher in the darker, Grade B, amber.

Now that you understand that maple syrup had anti-inflammatory properties, don’t be afraid to use this delicious natural sweetener on your pancakes, waffles, French toast, oatmeal or porridge as well as to sweeten your tea, smoothies, baked goods and anything else that needs sweetening.  But remember, maple syrup is still highly concentrated sugar and should only be used in moderation.

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