People are rejecting processed sugars and turning to natural forms of sweeteners. One of the more popular natural sweeteners is maple syrup and it is healthier than white sugar.
True maple syrup is extracted from the sap of the maple tree. Native Americans were likely the first to make maple syrup by tapping the sugar maple tree to release the sticky sap from its core. The sap is then boiled to release moisture and concentrate the sugar. As a result, pure maple syrup contains no added or artificial ingredients.
Conversely, artificial syrup with maple flavoring does not! Depending on the brand, it may be made from high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors, and sodium benzoate, a dangerous additive that can destroy parts of DNA.
While real maple syrup is a better choice than fake syrup, they both have drawbacks. There are 50 calories from just 1 tablespoon of each. Both syrups also contain 12 to 13 grams of total carbohydrate per tablespoon. In maple syrup, all 13 grams of carbohydrate are from sugar, while imitation syrup provides only 4 grams of sugar. To get extra nutrients and limit sugar, try using fresh or cooked fruit, apple butter, or perhaps heated natural peanut butter as a topping instead of syrup!