Health Benefits of Canadian Maple Syrup

healthy-maple-syrupIt is hard today to eat anything these days that doesn’t have some sort of sugar added to it. Let’s face it, we are addicted to sweet things. We can’t help it. I say we blame it on our sweet tooth. And that’s the problem. We need to continually satisfy it. Well with everyone watching their calories and turning to a scientific blend of sweet concoctions (that not only have a different taste to them but have been proven to do more damage than good) I want to remind everyone of a great alternative to help satisfy those cravings while at the same time deliver healthier benefits that sugar does not. I’m talking about good ol’ Canadian maple syrup.

Now, I’m not talking about that syrup that you put on your pancakes ~ that’s pancake syrup, waffle syrup or table syrup. In these syrups, the primary ingredient is most often high fructose corn syrup flavoured with sotolon, often containing no genuine maple content, and are usually thickened far beyond the viscosity of maple syrup.

I’m talking about liquid gold. If you happen to get your hands on the pure stuff then you are in for a real treat. It not only tastes delicious but will give you a nutritious boost.

What Are the Benefits of Maple Syrup Nutrition?

Is maple syrup better than regular sugar?

Compared to refined (or “table”) cane sugar that offers absolutely no nutrients, maple syrup contains some important antioxidants and minerals such as manganese and zinc. In a side-by-side comparison (sugar vs maple syrup), there are a few similarities. Both maple syrup and sugar contain about two-thirds sucrose, however, maple syrup delivers more nutrients and less “sugar” overall to your diet. In the end, maple syrup is the better choice.

The Glycemic Index, which ranks carbohydrate-rich foods by how much they raise blood glucose (sugar) levels compared to a standard food, scores maple syrup at 54, compared to a regular cane sugar score of about 65 for regular cane sugar. This means that one benefit of maple syrup nutrition is that it impacts your blood sugar levels a bit less drastically than table sugar does. Maple syrup also supplies some trace minerals and antioxidants, which sugar does not.

Maple Syrup Nutrition Facts

1 tablespoon of maple syrup contains about:

0.7 milligrams manganese (33 percent Recommended Daily Value, or DV)
0.8 milligrams zinc (6 percent DV)
13.4 milligrams calcium (1 percent DV)
40.8 milligrams potassium (1 percent DV)
0.2 milligrams iron (1 percent DV)
2.8 milligrams magnesium (1 percent DV)

Remember, although maple syrup is loaded with antioxidants, it is still a source of sugar that contains calories so it should be used in moderation.