Pure maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. It is different from the imitation syrups sold in stores, which—rather than being pure maple—are made from high fructose corn syrup and maple flavoring.
Pure maple starts with sap and it's boiled to remove some of the water and enhance its sweet flavor. This type of syrup is sweet and it's good for you.
Benefits of Pure Maple Syrup
It may be hard to believe that something that satisfies the sweet tooth is good for you, but pure maple syrup actually is. It's rich in zinc, manganese and other nutrients that are good for your overall health.
This sweet treat is low in calories and has no fat or cholesterol. It's also very low in sodium.
Recommended Daily Allowance
There is no recommended daily allowance for pure maple syrup, but because it contains 13.5 grams of sugar per tablespoon, you should use it sparingly. You should limit your overall intake of all sugar.
For men the total sugar intake for one day should not exceed 150 calories a day, which is about 9 teaspoons.
For women the total sugar intake for one day should not exceed 100 calories per day, which is about 6 teaspoons.
Natural Food Sources
Pure maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees such as black and red maple trees. It may also be made from other maple tree species.
Why Use Pure Maple Syrup?
Pure maple syrup is rich in zinc and other nutrients, so it may also be helpful in treating or preventing certain conditions and boosting immunity.
The zinc and manganese contained in pure maple syrup are both essential to building a strong immune system. This means you can better fight off viruses and infections.
Pure maple syrup has polyphenols, which are plant based antioxidants. This means using this in place of other sweetener can prevent inflammatory conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.
You can replace sugar in recipes with pure maple syrup. In doing so, you may find you have less gas, bloating and indigestion than you would with process sweeteners.
Because of the zinc in pure maple syrup it is also good for men's reproductive health. Zinc is found in the prostate and low levels if zinc in this gland can put men at a higher risk of prostate cancer. The manganese in pure maple syrup can also be helpful for men's health. It is an important nutrient used in making male sex hormones.
Best Way to Consume Pure Maple Syrup
To get all the health benefits of pure maple syrup, you can easily use it in place of table sugar. You can use it to sweeten your coffee or tea and use in recipes instead of sugar or drizzle it on your oatmeal.
For recipes that call for sugar, use the same amount of maple syrup as you would sugar, but cut all liquid ingredients in the recipe down by about a half cup.