Canada's National Treasure (ok, not really).
Life Story of the Maple Syrup
Does the Canadian $100 bill really smell like maple syrup? No one really knows the answer to that, but what we do know is that maple syrup has the best nutritional value compared to other common sweeteners, such as sugar (brown sugar included), agave, and corn syrup.
Maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. In Canada, maple syrup must be made from 100% maple sap in order to be considered as maple syrup. Over 80% of the world’s supply is made in Canada!
The main difference, in terms of nutrition, between maple syrup and other sweeteners is that maple syrup contains a number of antioxidants and minerals, such as manganese and calcium. Maple syrup also has a lower glycemic index than table sugar, meaning it will raise your blood sugar level slower.
Why should you eat more Maple Syrup?
They're loaded with:
Helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation, being essential for most bodily functions.
Riboflavin is a key player in energy production, by helping convert carbohydrates into sugar. It also promotes proper growth and development of many parts of the body, such as the reproductive organs, tissues, and nervous system.
Helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. The body also needs zinc to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. It also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell.
An essential element for blood production and transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the tissues.
Crucial to heart function, it plays a key role in normal digestive and muscular function. It works alongside sodium to maintain a normal blood pressure, and it also helps to maintain a healthy balance of fluids in the body. Potassium is also essential for proper nerve and muscle function.
Plays an essential role in muscle contraction, transmitting messages through the nerves, and the release of hormones. If people aren't getting enough calcium in their diet, the body takes calcium from the bones to ensure normal cell function, which can lead to weakened bones.
Where can you find Maple Syrup?