So the question is why use 100% real maple syrup versus fake maple syrup?
Fake maple syrup comes in many disguises like Aunt Jemima, Log Cabin, Kellogg's Eggo, Hungry Jack, and Vermont Maid to name a few brands. These products have something in common....they all contain a long list of ingredients. The ingredients have nothing to do with maple. Take a look at a typical example:
AUNT JEMIMA, ORIGINAL SYRUP
INGREDIENTS: Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Cellulose Gum, Caramel Color, Salt, Sodium Benzoate And Sorbic Acid (Preservatives), Artificial And Natural Flavors, Sodium Hexametaphosphate.
INGREDIENTS: Pure maple syrup
With all of the health benefits of real maple syrup what are you waiting for? Is real Vermont maple syrup expensive? Sure. But it's worth every penny. The hard work of sugar makers who extract this pure nectar from maple trees makes every drop worth savouring.
Too much sugar isn't good for anyone. It's time to purge your kitchen cupboards of all refined sugars and artificial sweeteners (that means; white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, especially fake maple syrup, agave, stevia and the list goes on) and start supporting your local sugar maker.
As far as nutrient count is concerned, best and real maple syrup has higher content than fake ones. It contains small amounts of calcium, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, potassium and magnesium, all beneficial for your health.
The biggest advantage of real maple syrup is the presence of bioactive phytochemicals. It is one of the important plant compounds. It’s called phenolics that protects against cancer.
As per a study published in November 2010 in "Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry", maple syrup contains about 23 different phenolic compounds.
Use the pure maple syrup and maple sugar sparingly, and enjoy the health benefits that it provides. The real maple syrup nutrition is unparalleled, and it also has a great taste. Here's to a happy, pure sweetener future!