Maple Syrup is just straight marvelous. Like, way better than organic cane sugar, better than corn syrup (though no surprise there, right?), better than turbinado and many others on the market.
It's got the FN Stamp of Approval! Do you know why? Here's why... because unlike other refined sugars, it contains trace amounts of minerals including:
Calcium. Essential for stronger bones and teeth, supports cardiovascular health.
Iron. Facilitates the transport of oxygen throughout the body.
Magnesium. Involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions, crucial for body’s stress response, supports strong bones, and cardiovascular health.
Potassium. Supports cardiovascular health, bone strength, and may prevent kidney stones.
Zinc. Supports immune function, normal growth and development; required for proper taste and smell, and assists in wound healing.
In addition to minerals, pure maple syrup also contains:
Inulin. A prebiotic fiber that supports normal digestion, calcium absorption, and blood sugars.
Amino acids. Building blocks of protein.
Polyphenols. Plant compounds that can provide our brain, heart and skin with antioxidant protection. Syrup that's darker in color contains more polyphenols than lighter colored syrups.
As an everyday sweetener, Fabulous Nutrition ranks pure maple syrup among the best and – with some exceptions – can often replace granulated white and brown cane sugars.
And yes, pancakes.
That means it's time to toss the "pancake syrup." It's just pretending to be something it's not. The essence of maple comes from artificial flavoring, and it's paired with corn syrup, sometimes cane sugar too, preservatives, and coloring. Make sure the label and ingredients state: "Pure Maple Syrup." Nothing else. There are zero nutritional benefits present in pancake syrup.
Keep in mind, however, pure maple syrup is still a concentrated source of sugars. While it contains many beneficial nutrients, it would not be beneficial to consume large quantities. Continue keeping your [added] sugar intake as low as possible for overall fabulous health. Generally – and this is lenient – that’s less than 12 teaspoons a day.
But maybe it wouldn't hurt to stash a small 4oz bottle up your sleeve for when you're out to breakfast.
The information in this article is designed for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting a doctor. Consult with a health care practitioner before relying on any information in this article or on this website. If you'd like to find out how you can swap out refined sugars for healthier ones, we have nutrition and wellness service options that can help you do that:
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