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Impressive Benefits Of Maple Syrup

by Meenakshi Nagdevelast updated - July 21, 2021 

The health benefits of maple syrup may include a healthy heart  and a healthier immune system. It may also have antioxidant properties that can protect the body from free radicals.

Several natural sweeteners might be preferred instead of the chemically prepared sugar. Many people prefer using honey instead of other natural products of the same type. However, maple syrup can be considered to be a better option given its low-calorie count, as compared to honey.

What is Maple Syrup?

Maple syrup is prepared from the sugary sap of the maple tree. The preparation involves tapping or piercing of trees to obtain this sap. These trees accumulate starch in their roots and trunks, especially in the period that precedes winter. The long accumulation of this starch can make it easy to convert it from the original state to sugar. During the spring season, the sugar rises and mixes with water to form a sap that is ready for collection or harvesting.

Since the sap contains a high water ratio, it has to undergo processing for the water to evaporate, leaving behind the concentrated, thick syrup. This final product is arrived at through a heating process. The entire process might not involve any use of chemical additives, preservatives, or agents. The Native Americans are said to have discovered that sap from maple trees could be processed to make maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size : 
Water [g] 32.39
Energy 260
Energy [kJ] 1088
Protein [g] 0.04
Total lipid (fat) [g] 0.06
Ash [g] 0.47
Carbohydrate, by difference [g] 67.04
Sugars, total including NLEA [g] 60.46
Sucrose [g] 58.32
Glucose (dextrose) [g] 1.6
Fructose [g] 0.52
Calcium, Ca [mg] 102
Iron, Fe [mg] 0.11
Magnesium, Mg [mg] 21
Phosphorus, P [mg] 2
Potassium, K [mg] 212
Sodium, Na [mg] 12
Zinc, Zn [mg] 1.47
Copper, Cu [mg] 0.02
Manganese, Mn [mg] 2.91
Selenium, Se [µg] 0.6
Thiamin [mg] 0.07
Riboflavin [mg] 1.27
Niacin [mg] 0.08
Pantothenic acid [mg] 0.04
Vitamin B-6 [mg] 0
Choline, total [mg] 1.6
Fatty acids, total saturated [g] 0.01
16:0 [g] 0.01
18:0 [g] 0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g] 0.01
18:1 [g] 0.01
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g] 0.02
18:2 [g] 0.02
Sources include : USDA [2]

Nutritional Value of Maple Syrup

As per USDA, the nutrients found in maple syrup might include energy, water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. In terms of minerals, it may contain calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and B6 might also be found in this syrup. 

Health Benefits of Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is not only tempting and yummy but might also be a hoarder of ample health benefits. Let’s take a look at its beneficial effects on our body.

Might have Antioxidant Potential

Maple syrup might have various antioxidants, 24 to be precise, that can help to protect you from many health conditions. Antioxidants are important for the body as they neutralize free radicals, which may cause various diseases.

Studies also show that the darker versions of maple syrup can be higher in antioxidant content in comparison to lighter ones. So when you go shopping for maple syrup, look for a grade B type as it might be a darker variet.