Maple Syrup: The Naturally Nutritional Sweetener

In a recent article published on the blog site Reboot with Joe, dietician, wellness expert and fitness coach, Isabel Smith, extols the virtues of Maple Syrup as a healthy, nutritional alternative to sugar, even more healthy than honey. Whether for baking, cooking or adding to drinks, it is recommended to use maple syrup whenever possible.

Benefits of Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup is made from the evaporated maple tree sap, and has no other ingredients. It contains antioxidants, minerals and nutrients, and can help to build a healthy immune system as well as decreasing the risk of hypertension or stroke. And in comparison with honey, maple syrup contains less sodium, making it more suitable for low-salt diets, and has 15 times more calcium than honey. It also contains a host of vitamins, which include niacin, B2, B5, B6, folic acid, biotin and vitamin A. All beneficial to a healthy body.

The Healthy Option

Like everything else that you enjoy, maple syrup should still be taken in moderation, as it is high in calories and rich in sugar. But it also has health benefits which heavily outweigh the calorie count. Maple syrup has a lot of the minerals and nutrients that can aid muscle recovery. Calcium, iron, manganese and zinc are all present and can also help with muscular fluid balance and production of protein cells. And with the energy-boosting properties, such as the vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6, maple syrup helps to turn the foods we eat into a usable energy source for the body.

Fighting Bacteria From Within

There may also be some antibacterial benefits to eating maple syrup. One of the body’s major compounds in fighting off the different forms of bacteria and infections is gallic acid. Gallic acid contains both anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which is necessary as part of the body’s immune defence system.

Canadian-Named Nutrient

Maple syrup contains a nutrient known as Quebecol, named after the major syrup producing region in Canada. Quebecol has been researched, and found to help slow, or even prevent, inflammations in the body. Along with the manganese, gallic acids and polyphenols (plant-based nutrients), maple syrup can help to fight off inflammation and cell damage in the body. And the darker the syrup, the more nutrients it contains. The darker color indicates that there are more polyphenols, the plant-based compounds. So go for the darker types of the syrup, though the lighter syrups still have their fair share of healthy benefits.

Maple Syrup Recipes You’ll Love

The best property of maple syrup, however, is definitely the taste! Richer and tastier than sugar, it makes for more delicious cakes, tarts, pies and other foods. Try maple syrup on your pancakes, or test out a few of these tasty recipes using maple syrup, and let your taste buds decide for you!

How ever you like it, maple syrup is a definite benefit to your body, and your taste buds!

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