Maple Syrup Nutrition Facts
1 tablespoon of maple syrup contains about:
- 0.7 milligrams manganese (33 percent Recommended Daily Value, or DV)
- 0.8 milligrams zinc (6 percent DV)
- 13.4 milligrams calcium (1 percent DV)
- 40.8 milligrams potassium (1 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligrams iron (1 percent DV)
- 2.8 milligrams magnesium (1 percent DV)
Pure Maple Syrup Health Benefits
1. Contains antioxidants - primary antioxidants include benzoic acid, gallic acid, cinnamic acid, and various flavanols like catechin, epicatechin, rutin and quercetin. While most are found at low concentrations, others are present in higher quantities, so it’s possible that the benefits of these antioxidants might counteract some of the downsides to consuming the syrup’s high quantity of sugar.
2. Low on the Glycemic Scale - even natural sweeteners like maple syrup should be used in small amounts. It's best to minimize sugar intake overall and especially to avoid refined sugar.
3. Fights inflammatory diseases - containing inflammation-reducing polyphenol antioxidants, maple syrup can be considered part of a healthy diet that’s helpful in preventing certain diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or heart disease. Maple syrup’s plant-based compounds reduce oxidative stress, which is responsible for aging us at a quicker rate and reducing the strength of our immune system.
4. May help to protect against cancer - antioxidants in maple syrup can protect cells from DNA damage and mutation. Maple syrup alone won’t likely result in a reduced risk for developing cancer, but it’s a much safer option than including high levels of refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.
5. Helps protect skin health - many swear by using maple syrup topically, directly on their skin as it can help to lower skin inflammation, redness, blemishes and dryness. Combined with raw milk or yogurt, and rolled oats, this natural mixture applies to the skin as a mask and can hydrate skin while reducing bacteria and signs of irritation.
6. Improved digestion - Reduce refined sugar intake and opt for small amounts of natural sweeteners. Most artificial sweeteners can cause symptoms of indigestion, including gas, bloating, cramping and constipation. Keep the digestive tract in healthier shape, free from chemicals and the damage done by a high-sugar diet.
7. Supplies important minerals and vitamins - maple syrup contains zinc and manganese in fairly high amounts, in addition to potassium and calcium. Zinc can help fight illness and improve immunity since it keeps your level of white blood cells up, while manganese plays a crucial role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, brain and nerve function.
8. Healthier than artificial sweeteners - while they can be calorie-free, artificial sweeteners are tied to health problems including weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, short-term memory loss and other symptoms.
So what are you waiting for? Now that you know about pure maple syrup benefits try Tonewood and our line of award-winning maple products which are so versatile. Sprinkle, grate, spread or pour our 100% pure maple products on all of your favourite foods. Remember to use just a hint of maple to keep your sugar intake in check.