Maple syrup is a special add-on on my dining table. Just like unrefined grains, this less processed product contains higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes compared to white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Let’s explore all pros and cons about Maple syrup.
Maple syrup is a syrup usually made from the xylem sap of sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees, although it can also be made from other maple species. In cold climates, these trees store starch in their trunks and roots before winter; the starch is then converted to sugar that rises in the sap in late winter and early spring. Maple trees are tapped by drilling holes into their trunks and collecting the exuded sap, which is processed by heating to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated syrup –
The sap from the maple trees is just heated to evaporate most of the water, leaving behind the syrup.
7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF MAPLE SYRUP
The medical journal Pharmaceutical Biology revealed that pure maple syrup contains up to 24 different protective antioxidants. These antioxidants are in the form of phenolic compounds and are considered to have significant benefits in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
Grade B maple syrup typically contains more beneficial antioxidants than the lighter syrups.
Maple syrup Gylcemic Index is lower than Sugar.
Fights Inflammatory Disease
Quebecol & Phenolic compound’s present in Maple syrup, helps to curb the inflammatory response. According to a study – These anti-inflammatory attributes of maple syrup can help combat neuro inflammation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Oxidative stress is responsible for aging us at a quicker rate. Compounds present in Maple syrup help protect the brain by reducing oxidative stress.
Helps Treat Cancer
Extracts of maple syrup can demonstrate inhibitory effects on colorectal cancer cell growth and invasion. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20132041/
This is due to the presence of antioxidants in the syrup that can protect cells from DNA damage and mutation. Well this alone cannot give adequate result but it makes a good sugar substitute since it’s a better option than refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Refine sugar & artificial sweeteners cause’s digestive system issues, irritable bowels, stomach gas, bloating and constipation. Replacing white sugar with Maple syrup helps cut off the issues.
Like Honey, Maple syrup also helps to lower skin inflammation, redness, blemishes, hydration, dryness, reduce bacteria & signs of irritation.
MAPLE SYRUP Vs SUGAR
- Unlike Sugar, Maple syrup provides less sugar & more nutrients
- Unlike Maple syrup, Sugar is highly processed
- With glycemic index lower then sugar, Maple syrup is the best alternative
- Maple syrup raises blood sugar slower then Sugar
- Maple syrup contains more antioxidant
- Sugar loses all nutrients while processing
- Maple syrup contains important minerals, including potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium and is particularly high in manganese and riboflavin
MAPLE SYRUP Vs HONEY
- Raw honey [unprocessed] makes a great Maple syrup substitute
- While Maple syrup contains above mentioned minerals, Honey contains Vitamin C & B6
- Sugars in maple syrup are in the form of sucrose, honey contains sugars in the form of fructose [Sucrose is better than Fructose]
- Maple syrup and Honey can be used interchangeably
MAPLE SYRUP Vs ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
Artificial sweeteners are doubted for its side effects like weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss and much more. Overtime usage may worsen the illness
Wherein Maple syrup is free from these allegations and helps curb the cravings.
MAPLE SYRUP Vs MOLASSES
Blackstrap molasses is the dark, viscous molasses that remains after maximum extraction of sugar from raw sugar cane.
As per the study, molasses was found to have the highest concentration of antioxidants compared to various refined and natural sweeteners. Molasses has glycemic level less than refined sugar and contains vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and selenium. This molasses contains lactic acid, which is produced by bacteria that plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. Lactic acid serves as a natural acne treatment and heals other skin conditions.
How to Pick the Best Maple Syrup?
- Go for Grade B [Dark & more concentrated]
- Stay alert from imposters or maple syrup “flavoured” sugars
- Make sure the ingredient says Maple syrup is the primary ingredient, not refined cane/beet sugar or high fructose corn syrup
- Opt for Organic [pure and free of preservatives, artificial dyes and flavours]
- Grade A is lighter and apt for drizzling
- Anything in excess is bad
- After all Maple syrup does contain sugar and excess of sugar has been linked to serious health complications
- Consume with fruits, vegetables, cooked meat for best results
- Avoid white sugar as much as possible
- Consuming excess sugar, from any source, leads to many health problems— like obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
20 gm Maple Syrup Nutrition Content
- 52.2 Calories
- 13.4 gm Carbohydrates
- 0.7 mg manganese
- 0.8 mg zinc
- 13.4 mg calcium
- 40.8 mg potassium
- 0.2 mg iron
- 2.8 mg magnesium