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Remember the birch water and how it is harvested from the birch tree trunk? The maple syrup is tapped in a similar way. Like birch sap, it is also very nutritious, but is it really he althy and how should it be consumed? We try to answer these and other questions below. So to get useful information about maple thick sap, just read on…

Is maple syrup he althy?

What is maple syrup?

Maple syrup is made from the sugary sap of the maple tree. Maple trees gather strength in their roots and trunks, especially in the run-up to winter. This starch is slowly converted into sugar. Especially in spring, the sugar content rises and mixes with water to form a juice that can already be harvested.

The sap from the maple tree trunk is processed into syrup

How to tap maple sap

The Indians are said to have discovered that sap from maple trees can be processed into a he althy sweetener

Because the juice contains a high proportion of water, it has to be processed further. The water has to evaporate and you get a concentrated, thick syrup. This end product is obtained through a heating process. No chemical additives or preservatives are used in the entire process. This is how the maple syrup is made, which has been consumed in North America for many centuries. Over 80% of global supply today comes from the province of Quebec in Canada.

Maple tree with red leaves

A popular natural sweetener said to be he althier and more nutritious than sugar

Maple syrup is available in different qualities. However, there are several different varieties that differ in color from each other. The darker juices are harvested late in the harvest. These have a stronger maple flavor and are typically used in baking. the lighter ones can be consumed directly.

Read the label carefully. It should have maple syrup on it and not maple flavored syrup

The sweet syrup contains minerals such as manganese and zinc

A he althy sugar substitute

He alth Benefits of Maple Syrup

  • It is a source of manganese, a mineral that provides the body with essential energy and antioxidants, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation.
  • Maple syrup has fewer calories than other natural sweeteners such as honey, agave and sugar.
  • The natural sugar substitute enhances the taste of food. While unnatural sweeteners alter the taste as most have a chemically enhanced "fake" taste.
  • Maple syrup does not have the harmful side effects of unnatural sweeteners.
  • Unlike sweeteners, pure maple syrup is not processed and is free of chemically modified and artificial ingredients.
  • High quality maple syrup is 100% natural (when labeled as such), meaning it contains no coloring, artificial flavors or additives.
  • It covers over 30% of the daily requirement of riboflavin, which is responsible for a he althy metabolism.
  • Maple syrup contains 18% of the recommended dose of zinc, which is an important mineral for a he althy immune system.

What makes syrup different from table sugar are the minerals and antioxidants it contains

About 80 ml of pure maple syrup contains:

Calcium: 7% of the daily requirement
Potassium: 6% of the daily requirement
Iron: 7% of the daily requirement
Zinc: 28% of the daily requirement
Manganese: 165% of the daily requirement

Although maple syrup provides a fair amount of some minerals, particularly manganese and zinc, keep in mind that it's also high in sugar. Maple syrup consists of about 2/3 sucrose or table sugar - about 80 ml of syrup provides about 60 grams of sugar. The high sugar content can affect your blood sugar levels. However, maple syrup may be a better option than regular sugar in this regard. Maple syrup's glycemic index is around 54. By comparison, table sugar has a glycemic index of around 65. This means maple syrup raises blood sugar at a slower rate than regular sugar.

Darker syrups deliver more Antioxidants than lighter

Maple syrup offers a lot of antioxidants. These can neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative damage, which can reduce the risk of some diseases. However, the overall antioxidant content is still low compared to the large amounts of sugar.

Other compounds in maple syrup

There are numerous potentially beneficial substances in maple syrup. Some of these compounds are not present in maple and only form when the sap is boiled into syrup. One of them is Quebecol, named after the Canadian province of Quebec.

The active ingredients in maple syrup have been shown to help reduce the growth of cancer cells and slow down the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract.

How to make lollipops from natural maple syrup yourself

Use of maple syrup

Maple syrup is widely used in many dishes. Maple syrup can be drizzled onto desserts, breakfast foods, or yogurt, and mixed into salad dressings, drinks, or ice cream. It is also used in sour cream, whipped cream and glazes. Therefore, it is considered an important ingredient in a number of foods.

Sweeten dishes

The maple syrup adds a special flavor to sausages, ice cream, various types of fritters and fresh fruit, among other things.
It can also be used as an accompaniment to pancakes, as well as on French toast and waffles, which are common in some parts of America and Europe's common delicacies.
Due to its sweet taste, it can also be used as a sweetener in cakes, bread and muesli.

As a topping for ice cream

How does maple syrup taste?

Maple syrup has a distinct flavor and varies by tree species, region and harvest time. Since the juice is harvested all year round, the taste can vary greatly. Pure maple syrup is three times sweeter than regular table sugar and has a rich caramel-like flavor with hints of vanilla.

American style breakfast

Freeze maple syrup molds in the freezer and use as a sweetener

Although maple syrup contains some nutrients and many antioxidants, it is also very high in sugar. Replacing refined sugar with pure, high-quality maple syrup is a good idea, but maple syrup cannot objectively be called he althy. When consuming maple syrup, as with all sweeteners, it's best to do so in moderation.

Baking a cake and naturally sweetening it

Delicious waffles

… and pancakes

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