6 Reasons why you should consume maple syrup

MAPLE SYRUP

Maple syrup is one of the most popular sweeteners used today. It is a 100 percent natural sweetener, just like honey, and is more nutritious than sugar.

Maple syrup has immune-boosting and antioxidants properties, eases digestive issues, and more. Here are six reasons why you should consume maple syrup.

Antioxidant properties
Maple syrup contains around 24 different antioxidants. Free radicals are molecules that cause damage to healthy cells, resulting in ageing and disease. Antioxidantsneutralise free radicals to inhibit oxidative damage. Studies have found that maple syrup contains a decent amount of antioxidants.

Mineral content
Maple syrup also contains a small amount of minerals, such as manganese and zinc. The only problem is that it also has high sugar content (about 67 percent).

Cancer prevention
A study found that adding maple syrup to your cereal or oatmeal may help ward off inflammatory conditions like cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s. Maple syrup is packed with polyphenols, which are plant-based compounds that function as antioxidants.

Anti-ageing
Maple syrup’s antioxidant properties help fight the signs of ageing. It is a great topical antioxidant, repairing damage caused by free radicals and pollutants. Mix some milk, maple syrup and ground oats together to create a homemade facial scrub. Massage gently onto face, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse off, and follow with a lotion.

Improved digestion
Consider swapping sugar for maple syrup when you cook as it is less likely to cause indigestion, gas, and bloating.

Remedy for colds
A study conducted by researchers at the Wayne State University in Detroit found that maple syrup contains essential minerals like zinc and manganese, which can help prevent illness.
Zinc maintains your level of white blood cells, which is essential for defending the body against infections. Manganese protects immune cells from inflammation and harm.

How to Buy
Most pancake syrups are made with processed sugars, such as corn syrup, which is really bad for health. When buying maple syrup, choose a bottle that shows pure maple syrup as its only ingredient. Maple-flavoured syrup is loaded with refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup, so always buy pure maple syrup. The different grades of maple syrup depend on its purity and colour. The darkest and strongest flavoured maple syrup is grade B.