Maple syrup—REAL maple syrup (not the colored corn syrup that fills many common supermarket shelves) is one of the most universally loved flavors in existence. But did you know that it is a rich source of nutrients and has the potential to help you live a longer, healthier life? Here are some of the many benefits maple syrup has to offer:
Manganese. Maple syrup is high in manganese, an antioxidant that helps reduce cellular damage from free radicals. It also supports male reproductive health, helps reduce inflammation and supports a healthy immune system.
Zinc. Maple syrup contains high levels of zinc, which not only supports the immune system but may play a role in preventing prostate cancer.
A great sugar substitute. Maple syrup is sweet but has fewer calories than sugar.
Other nutrients. Maple syrup also has trace amounts of amino acids, biotin, calcium, copper, folic acid, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, thiamin, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6.
Real maple syrup is usually easy to distinguish from the flavored corn syrups by labeling. While the real stuff is generally more expensive, its rich, warm flavor makes it worth the extra money.
Real maple syrup is available many grocery and health food stores in individual containers and in bulk. All maple syrups are labeled with a grade based upon an official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grading system. There are three versions of Grade A maple syrup, including Light Amber, Medium Amber and Dark Amber. The lighter the color, the more subtle the flavor. Maple syrup is also available in a Grade B version, but because it has the most pronounced taste, it is usually reserved for cooking and use in processed foods.
Have you considered replacing your sugar with maple syrup?