Maple syrup is a natural food. Sap is drained from the maple tree and then it is boiled until it reaches a pleasing color and consistency. There are various grades of syrup, but I always used to buy grade B. It is from sap that is obtained later in the season. It has a wonderful flavor.
I used to buy grade B, but it seems that the grading system has changed. Now you can buy Grade A which comes in different colors which seem to line up with the previous grading system. There is just Grade A with a description.
You will find some important nutrients in maple syrup
The nutrients below are contained in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
Maple syrup has antioxidants (such as phenolics) which help to fight inflammation in your body caused by free radicals.
Maple syrup is lower on the glycemic index than sugar with the added bonus of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for health.
I feel comfortable using maple syrup as a sugar substitute. It tastes good and has the bonus of vitamins and minerals. When I am craving sugar (I try to ignore this when I can), I sometimes eat a spoonful of maple syrup. This is quite satisfying.
Dark and robust or dark and very strong maple syrup can be used instead of honey or corn syrup in your favorite recipes.
Maple cinnamon toast
2 T maple syrup
1 t cinnamon
Mix together and spread on your toast. Healthy bread such as Ezekiel bread makes the best toast.
Whip together butter and as much maple syrup as you like. It is delicious on rolls or biscuits. Yummy! When my mother was a child she often had corn syrup mixed with butter on toast for breakfast or just dipped buttered toast in corn syrup. We also ate it often for breakfast as children. Maple butter is so much better and so much healthier.