Maple syrup is a great substitute for refined sugar and can help with weight loss when used in moderation given the fact that it is far lower on the glycemic index scale. Because it's lower on the glycemic index scale means that it doesn't cause blood sugar spikes the way that refined sugar does.
Blood sugar spikes raise insulin levels causing the body to store fat. Blood sugar spikes can also lead to diabetes.
Maple syrup is not only known for it's distinct sweet yet woody flavor, but also for it's wonderful health benefits.
This delicious sweet has antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants are a very important part of the diet since they fight off inflammation. Inflammation leads to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and the list goes on. As a matter of fact, inflammation, after being triggered by malnutrition and/or intake of unhealthy foods such as refined sugars and bad fats is the leading cause of many if not all illnesses.
This sweet syrup contains vitamins B6, B3, C and E and is also high in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and zinc.
Even though maple syrup can be high in calories if consumed in high amounts, it's health benefits still outweigh refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Refined sugar is empty and the body just stores it as fat. It also weakens the white blood cells which are responsible for fighting off bacteria which in turn weakens your immune system opening the door for sickness and disease.
Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame cause inflammation which can lead to a whole lot of different diseases. For more on sucralose, aspartame and inflammation simply click on the links.
This delicious syrup comes from the sap of maple trees. It's obtained buy drilling a hole into the tree trunk and placing a tap into the hole allowing the syrup to drip into a pail.
Different varieties of the syrup comes from different maple trees. For a complete understanding on how maple syrup is produced and where it comes from simply click on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_syrup
Maple syrup can be used to sweeten your smoothies, tea or coffee. You can also use it as a sugar substitute in your baking. I love maple syrup drizzled over my pancakes and waffles. It is also great for making sauces.
Even though maple syrup is still a sugar, it's a natural source which contains essential vitamins and minerals that will benefit the body whereas refined sugar and artificial sweeteners will only make you overweight and sick.
So when looking to sweeten up your tea or coffee use some maple syrup or even enjoy some drizzled over your pancakes and waffles.