It’s maple syrup time!  How can such a simple thing taste so good!  Thankfully it not only tastes good but it comes with multiple health benefits. Let’s take a look at them:

Contains 24 Antioxidants:

Antioxidants are known to help prevent cancer, diabetes, and antibacterial infections and maple syrup contains many different types.

Rich in minerals and vitamins:

Maple syrup contains many types of minerals and vitamins including copper, calcium , manganese, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and many others.  Maple syrup offers significantly more nutrients than refined sugar.

Contains 65 Phytonutrients:

Phytonutrients are naturally occurring chemicals that contribute to human health.

Promotes Gut Health:

Maple syrup contains both prebiotics and probiotics.  Prebiotics are food for probiotics which are beneficial bacteria and yeast that live in your digestive system.

Prevention of chronic inflammation:

Maple syrup contains inulin which is a complex carbohydrate that acts as a prebiotic and can help in preventing or treating chronic inflammation.  It may also help to prevent metabolic syndrome, brain issues, and liver disease.

Enhances Brain Function:

Maple syrup contains phenolics which is a type of antioxidant that helps the brain to function properly and fight diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Manage Blood Sugar Levels:

The types of phenols found in maple syrup are known to inhibit two of the enzymes that are associated with the development of Type II Diabetes.

There are preliminary findings of other benefits from maple syrup, but more research needs to be completed before they can be confirmed.

It’s important to remember that maple syrup is 2/3 sugar so it needs to be used sparingly.  It does, however, contain fewer calories and has a lower glycemic index than honey.

When shopping for maple syrup, look for the dark varieties (Grade B or Grade A “dark”), the darker it is the more nutrient dense it is.

Bottom line, maple syrup has a lot going for it and when you’re looking for a sugar substitute, maple syrup should be your first choice.

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