Is Maple Syrup Actually Good For You?
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One must do a very diligent search for the real maple syrup. Most of the stuff marketed in grocery stores si corn syrup with flavorings and other chemicals. Most of it has no maple syrup in it, in fact. Check the labels and you'll see just how few real maple syrups are on the shelves. The real deal is the best, as usual, and maple syrup is no light weight in benefits to health and tastes best too!




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Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Is Maple Syrup Actually Good For You?

When we think of maple syrup, we picture a large stack of pancakes overflowing with sticky goodness. Even pure maple syrup is a form of sugar, so it’s important not to go overboard. But when we include small amounts in our food, it can provide some surprising health benefits.


Packed with Antioxidants

Maple syrup has up to 24 different antioxidants beneficial for reducing free radical damage, according to the medical journal Pharmaceutical Biology. This study out of Canada found that pure maple syrup has 20 compounds beneficial for human health.

“We know that plants must have strong anti-oxidant mechanisms because they are in the sun throughout their lives. Now we are looking at maple syrup, which comes from the sap located just inside the bark, which is constantly exposed to the sun,” says lead study author, Navindra Seeram, PhD.


When studies compared the antioxidant content of natural sweeteners to refined sugar products such as white sugar, corn syrup and agave nectar, it was found that maple syrup, blackstrap molasses and raw honey had more antioxidants.



Helps Fight Inflammatory Diseases 

Antioxidants protect your health from diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes by reducing inflammation in cells. 

Quebecol is a unique antioxidant to maple; it is created when the maple tree sap is boiled down to make the syrup. This study showed that quebecol is good for fighting the body’s inflammatory response.


May Boost Antibiotic Effects

When extracts from maple syrup were combined with certain antibiotics, less medication was needed because the maple syrup extract helped fight the infection, according to research out of the American Chemical Society.


Brain Food

Pure maple syrup shows promise in protecting brain cells from Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.


Aids Digestion 

Eating lots of sugar can lead to candida, leaky gut syndrome and IBS. Artificial sweeteners can cause indigestion, cramps and constipation. Inulin, a type of prebiotic found in maple syrup, bananas, artichokes and onions, helps in the growth of good probiotic bacteria and suppresses the growth of bad bugs in your digestive system.


Lower Glycemic Index Score than Refined Sugar

Refined table sugar has a glycemic index of 68, glucose – 96; brown sugar – 64; honey – 60 blackstrap molasses - 55 to 60 and maple syrup – 54. This doesn’t mean you should go overboard, but it is fine to enjoy in small quantities.


Healthier Than Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are linked to many health problems including weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss and much more.  

Please Note:  
Maple syrup can make a good natural sweetener in small quantitities and eaten with whole foods. It doesn’t contain a high quantity of vitamins and minerals compared to vegetables, fruits and good proteins and fats. 



How is Maple Syrup Made?

Sugar is naturally present in all plants. Maple trees have a sap that is harvested and boiled down to make the syrup. It takes about 40 liters of sap to make one liter of maple syrup.  

How to Select the Best Quality Maple Syrup
To get the benefits of maple syrup be sure to buy real maple syrup. Much of the syrups out there are just ‘flavored’ highly refined sugars. Read the ingredient label to make sure it is only maple syrup and not refined cane/beet sugar or high fructose corn syrup, and do not have preservatives, artificial dyes and flavors. It is best to get organic maple syrup because the trees can be treated with chemicals.

Grade B maple syrup is harvested later in the year and is more concentrated. It has a stronger flavor and is darker in color, making it good to cook with. Some research shows that it is richer in antioxidants. Grade A, the lighter one is used on pancakes.



How to Store

It is best to keep unopened containers of maple syrup in a cool, dry place. To preserve the delicate flavor over a long period it is best to store in the freezer. Once opened, store in the refrigerator or in the freezer.


Tip for Cooking

When you are replacing table sugar with maple syrup in baked goods, use the same amount of maple syrup, but reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by about a half-cup.
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(05-01-2018, 02:44 PM)Zedta Wrote: One must do a very diligent search for the real maple syrup. Most of the stuff marketed in grocery stores si corn syrup with flavorings and other chemicals. Most of it has no maple syrup in it, in fact. Check the labels and you'll see just how few real maple syrups are on the shelves. The real deal is the best, as usual, and maple syrup is no light weight in benefits to health and tastes best too!




Quote:Link to Original Article


Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Is Maple Syrup Actually Good For You?

When we think of maple syrup, we picture a large stack of pancakes overflowing with sticky goodness. Even pure maple syrup is a form of sugar, so it’s important not to go overboard. But when we include small amounts in our food, it can provide some surprising health benefits.


Packed with Antioxidants

Maple syrup has up to 24 different antioxidants beneficial for reducing free radical damage, according to the medical journal Pharmaceutical Biology. This study out of Canada found that pure maple syrup has 20 compounds beneficial for human health.

“We know that plants must have strong anti-oxidant mechanisms because they are in the sun throughout their lives. Now we are looking at maple syrup, which comes from the sap located just inside the bark, which is constantly exposed to the sun,” says lead study author, Navindra Seeram, PhD.


When studies compared the antioxidant content of natural sweeteners to refined sugar products such as white sugar, corn syrup and agave nectar, it was found that maple syrup, blackstrap molasses and raw honey had more antioxidants.



Helps Fight Inflammatory Diseases 

Antioxidants protect your health from diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes by reducing inflammation in cells. 

Quebecol is a unique antioxidant to maple; it is created when the maple tree sap is boiled down to make the syrup. This study showed that quebecol is good for fighting the body’s inflammatory response.


May Boost Antibiotic Effects

When extracts from maple syrup were combined with certain antibiotics, less medication was needed because the maple syrup extract helped fight the infection, according to research out of the American Chemical Society.


Brain Food

Pure maple syrup shows promise in protecting brain cells from Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.


Aids Digestion 

Eating lots of sugar can lead to candida, leaky gut syndrome and IBS. Artificial sweeteners can cause indigestion, cramps and constipation. Inulin, a type of prebiotic found in maple syrup, bananas, artichokes and onions, helps in the growth of good probiotic bacteria and suppresses the growth of bad bugs in your digestive system.


Lower Glycemic Index Score than Refined Sugar

Refined table sugar has a glycemic index of 68, glucose – 96; brown sugar – 64; honey – 60 blackstrap molasses - 55 to 60 and maple syrup – 54. This doesn’t mean you should go overboard, but it is fine to enjoy in small quantities.


Healthier Than Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are linked to many health problems including weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss and much more.  

Please Note:  
Maple syrup can make a good natural sweetener in small quantitities and eaten with whole foods. It doesn’t contain a high quantity of vitamins and minerals compared to vegetables, fruits and good proteins and fats. 



How is Maple Syrup Made?

Sugar is naturally present in all plants. Maple trees have a sap that is harvested and boiled down to make the syrup. It takes about 40 liters of sap to make one liter of maple syrup.  

How to Select the Best Quality Maple Syrup
To get the benefits of maple syrup be sure to buy real maple syrup. Much of the syrups out there are just ‘flavored’ highly refined sugars. Read the ingredient label to make sure it is only maple syrup and not refined cane/beet sugar or high fructose corn syrup, and do not have preservatives, artificial dyes and flavors. It is best to get organic maple syrup because the trees can be treated with chemicals.

Grade B maple syrup is harvested later in the year and is more concentrated. It has a stronger flavor and is darker in color, making it good to cook with. Some research shows that it is richer in antioxidants. Grade A, the lighter one is used on pancakes.



How to Store

It is best to keep unopened containers of maple syrup in a cool, dry place. To preserve the delicate flavor over a long period it is best to store in the freezer. Once opened, store in the refrigerator or in the freezer.


Tip for Cooking

When you are replacing table sugar with maple syrup in baked goods, use the same amount of maple syrup, but reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by about a half-cup.

thanks.. going to finish reading later but saved this because i didn't know maple syrup was that good for you.
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We just bought a half-gallon from a family owned farm. I only use honey, maple syrup, and molasses as sweeteners. No highly processed sugars at all.
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(05-07-2018, 02:26 PM)jovan66102 Wrote: We just bought a half-gallon from a family owned farm. I only use honey, maple syrup, and molasses as sweeteners. No highly processed sugars at all.

Likewise, except I use honey (local when possible...ya still have lots of bees around here) and Stavia or Truvia as sweeteners, when I have a sweetener at all. I do have some raw sugar here for guests who prefer sugar.
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You can get Maple Syrup from any Acer tree including a Box Elder.
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(05-07-2018, 03:29 PM)Eric F Wrote: You can get Maple Syrup from any Acer tree including a Box Elder.

True, if you have enough trees, and if you want to go through the long and tedious process of boiling the sap down to syrup or sugar. Me? I'll buy mine. LOL
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If you can ever afford it, give Birch syrup a try. It's hard to describe, but to me it tastes a bit like a mix of caramel, honey and molasses.
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I doubt it...if it has sugar.
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(05-08-2018, 02:07 PM)BrianW99 Wrote: I doubt it...if it has sugar.

Sugar, per se, is not harmful. If it was, would God have created us with a 'sweet tooth'? Highly refined sugars, which God never intended us to eat, are a different matter entirely. There are health advantages with natural sweeteners. Local honey, for example, can help with pollen allergies, since the bees get the nectar from the pollen producing flowers. Plus,

10 Health Benefits of Honey - Real Food For Life

21 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Honey (#7 is Surprising)

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Honey - Healthline

The article Z posted lists several health benefits of maple syrup. Molasses, too, has many benefits.

19 Impressive Benefits of Molasses | Organic Facts

5 Blackstrap Molasses Benefits - Healthline

13 Impressive Health Benefits of Molasses

Sugar is not the problem. The massive amounts of highly refined sugars people take in, in 'Big Gulp' size sodas, chocolate bars, processed breakfast cereals, etc., now that's a problem!

***ETA*** Oh, I forgot those 'healthy' snacks, fibre bars and energy bars!
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