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Maple Syrup: The Secret Superfood
2. How to Pick the Right Syrup
The key to reaping the health benefits of maple syrup is to make sure you’re buying the right kind. The only type of maple syrup that has these benefits is pure, natural maple syrup. NEVER, EVER buy the cheap, mass produced maple syrup in plastic squeeze bottles. Often labeled “syrup”, this is not maple syrup at all, but usually corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup with maple flavoring added in. It’s cheaper, but you get what you pay for. Not only will it not have the health benefits of real maple syrup, it will make you less healthy as both of those sugar substitutes have been linked to a wide variety of health problems, including obesity.
Only buy pure, unadulterated syrup from Canada or the United States. Canadian syrup is more common and is usually a little bit cheaper. Maple Syrup from Vermont is considered a premium variety, but it’s basically the same.
3. Best Ways To Use Maple Syrup
Try substituting maple syrup for sugar in your next dish requiring a sweetener. You can also use it in place of honey. (Honey has many health benefits in it’sown right, but it doesn’t have the 5 compounds unique to maple syrup). Mixing maple syrup in with plain yogurt produces a nice flavor, and of course pancakes and waffles wouldn’t be complete without it.
Like any sweetener, use it in moderation to get the best results. No one is saying you should be chugging maple syrup Super Troopers-style. Just don’t feel guilty about putting on a little extra next you make a big ol’ stack of flapjacks.