Maple Syrup - The Healthier Sweetener

Did you know that one tablespoon of maple syrup has more manganese, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium than the same amounts of honey, agave, cane sugar and corn syrup combined?

Now that you know, why would you give your kids anything else?

Vermont child eating maple cookie

Did you know maple syrup is unique among sweeteners? Not only does it contain more nutrients than all other common sweeteners, it is also a better source of some nutrients than apples, eggs or bread and has been shown to have healthy glycemic qualities.

Maple syrup is also chock full of antioxidants. Antioxidants, like those found in such foods as berries, red wine and green tea have been proven to prevent cancer, support the immune system, lower blood pressure and slow the effects of aging.

Current research shows, pure maple syrup contains at least 65 different antioxidants such as polyphenols, trace elements and vitamins; at least five of which are unique and have never before been found in nature. One of them, Quebecol, a polyphenolic molecule, which is created when sap from the maple tree is boiled down to produce maple syrup, has demonstrated that it significantly decreases the production of inflammation mediators.

While inflammation can be a normal part of a healthy immune response, when it becomes uncontrolled or chronic, it can exacerbate a variety of health-related issues. A diet rich in foods that contain antioxidants, such as green tea, red wine, fruits and vegetables – and potentially pure maple syrup – may be beneficial for decreasing inflammation and increasing a healthy immune system response.

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