Maple Syrup, compared to refined sugars, is the easiest for our metabolism to digest. The natural sugar that contains Maple Syrup is produced during the growing season by photosynthesis and stored as starch in the inner bark. With the spring thaw, enzymes change this starch into sugar which mixes with water absorbed through the roots, imparting a slightly sweet taste.
Maple Syrup has 50 calories per tablespoon, while fructose has 46, corn syrup has 60 and honey has 64 calories per tablespoon.
Use Maple Syrup to flavour milk, eggnog & shakes, hot & cold cereals, plain yogurt, on pancakes, crepes, waffles, baked beans and bacon.
Other special treats with that unique pure maple flavour such as Maple Taffy, Maple Syrup butter, and Maple Sugar also come from maple tree sap.
The main nutritional value of maple syrup, per 100g is:
Calcium: 70 mg
Phosphorus: 8 mg
Potassium: 300 mg
Magnesium: 10 mg
Silica: 20 mg
Thiamine: 0.13 mg
Niacin: 0.10 mg
Riboflavin: 0.06 mg
Sodium: 10 mg
Iron: 1.20 mg