Do you often use maple syrup in several baking recipes? Are you curious about how it's made? Do you want to know what the health benefits are? Maple syrup contains important antioxidants and minerals, which makes it a great replacement for regular sugar!
Little bit of science
Photosynthesis is an important process that permits plants, including maple trees, to use their leaves to trap the sun's energy in the form of sugar. Sugars are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water. The trees use the sugars as their food source. The sugars are transported from the leaves to other areas of the trees.
How is it made?
Maple syrup does not undergo mechanical and chemical processes. Harvesting maple syrup is an easy natural process.
The sugar is stored in the roots. In the spring, sap is simply tapped from the trees. The liquid is mostly clear water with 2% sugar. After collecting, the sap is being boiled so the water evaporates. The liquid thickens and the sugar caramelizes.
Now, it's almost a finished product! It just needs to be filtered, adjusted for density and graded for flavor and color.
And... tadaaaa, you have delicious maple syrup, tapped from a maple tree!
In contrast to regular sugar, maple syrup contains important antioxidants and minerals, such as: zinc, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and magnese.
- Fights inflammatory diseases
- Helps protect against cancer
- Lower score on the glycemic index
- Skin health
- Improved digestion
- Antibiotic effects
- Heart health
- Male reproductive health
But, let's be honest guys, drinking a gallon of maple syrup is not that healthy! However, it really is a great replacement for regular sugar, which sadly does not contain important nutrients. Below you will find some maple syrup recipes.