A Healthier Sugar
Sounds like an oxymoron, but it is true: 100% Pure Maple Syrup has a ton of health benefits. Research studies have shown that Pure Maple Syrup may lead to a healthier heart and immune system. It also has antioxidant properties that protect the body from free radicals. (Tree Juice Maple Syrup production process)
Natural sweeteners are preferred by many health conscious consumers over heavily processed and refined sugars, and the most popular natural sweetener is honey. However, maple syrup is considered to be an even healthier option given its lower-calorie count, as compared to honey. It also has a beautiful all-natural maple flavor.
What is Maple syrup?
Maple syrup is prepared from the sugary sap of the maple tree. The preparation involves tapping trees to harvest the sap and then boiling the sap into syrup. Maple trees accumulate and store starch in their roots and trunks during the summer and fall. The long accumulation of this starch makes it easy to convert it to sugar. During the spring season, the sugar rises up the tree and mixes with water to form a sap that is then ready for collecting.
Since the sap contains a high water ratio, it has to undergo processing for the water to evaporate, leaving behind concentrated, thick syrup. This final product is achieved through a slow heating process that does not involve any use of chemical additives, preservatives, or agents. The Native Americans are credited with discovering that sap from maple trees could be processed in this way to make maple syrup and we owe them a debt of gratitude!
Benefits of maple syrup
Pure maple syrup is not only high in antioxidants, but every spoonful offers nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
Oxidative damage, which is caused by free radicals, is believed to be among the mechanisms behind aging and many diseases. Antioxidants can neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative damage, potentially lowering your risk of some diseases. Studies indicate that maple syrup is a decent source of antioxidants.
One study found 24 different antioxidants in maple syrup.
Around 1/3 cup (80 ml) of pure maple syrup contains
- Calcium: 7% of the RDI
- Potassium: 6% of the RDI
- Iron: 7% of the RDI
- Zinc: 28% of the RDI
- Manganese: 165% of the RDI
Before grabbing that jug, make sure the label says “pure” maple syrup! You’ll start to notice the natural maple flavor in this special and hard-to-get sweet stuff. For example, Tree Juice Maple Syrup is from the Drybrook Valley of the Catskills Mountains of New York and is 100% pure and traditionally made.
Maple syrup should be stored in the refrigerator once opened and always kept as cold as possible. As long as it is tightly sealed, it can last for months and even years. But we doubt it’ll take that long for you to polish it off. Go ahead and savor the sweet stuff!