Pure maple syrup contains natural sugars and minerals that are absorbed by the maple tree. It is made without additives or preservatives, and contains fewer calories than other sweeteners, such as corn syrup, honey, and brown sugar. Pure maple syrup is an an unrefined, all natural sugar, and therefore it is a healthier alternative than processed white sugars. Pure maple syrup is a tasty ingredient in baking and cooking, and can also be used as a sweet topping.
Just a ¼ cup serving of pure maple syrup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk and more potassium than a banana. The magnesium content in pure maple syrup assists in maintaining a healthy level of HDL (the “good” cholesterol). The zinc supplied by pure maple syrup can decrease the progression of hardening of the arteries and other cardiovascular heart diseases.
Pure maple syrup should not be confused with “pancake syrup” or “waffle syrup.” These imitation syrups are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and imitation maple flavorings.