Maple syrup: what a sweetener is and how to use it

Maple syrup: what is this sweetener and how to use it

If you think about the Maple syruptowers of hot pancakes, decorated with that inviting amber colored liquid. Well, this ingredient is not only used to flavor our pancakes, if it were ever necessary. Maple syrup, a natural sweeteneris often used instead of sugar, but studies and research have also highlighted the possible beneficial effects.

So is this sweetener good for your health? And if not, what and how bad is maple syrup?

Common sense, as in almost everything we eat, is the key to not making mistakes. As we will see, in fact, maple syrup can be harmful to health if used together with sugar or in excessive quantities, but in moderate doses it can provide minerals and useful substances to our body.

But before you see the nutritional values โ€‹โ€‹of maple syruplet’s take a look at how it is produced, but also where most of the packaging you can find at the supermarket come from.

What is maple syrup and how is it made?

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As the name suggests, this sweetener is obtained from a plant, themaple tree. The syrup is none other than the sugar maple sap Acero del Canada o Maple sugar o del’black maple.

To extract the sap from the plant, holes are made on the trunk, then special “taps” will be applied.

From these tubes, the sap falls into the containers, then it will be boiled in order to evaporate the water and filtered, forming a thick, amber and very sweet liquid.

The country that stands out as the largest producer of maple syrup is undoubtedly the Canadawhich supplies about 80% of the quantity sold worldwide.

Nutritional values

From the point of view of the nutritional profilethis ingredient certainly cannot be considered a light sweetener.

In fact, 100 grams of syrup provide about 260 calories and 65 grams of carbohydrates. The caloric intake is still lower than that of sugar, which contains about 380 calories per 100 grams.

On the other hand, the contribution of antioxidants e minerals. This sweetener is in fact a good source of:

As for the content of vitaminsthe levels are negligible, as they are considered too low.

Lโ€™glycemic index of maple syrup is about 54, lower than that of white sugar which is 70.

However, this ingredient is not recommended for those who suffer from diabetes. Although it has no particular contraindications, maple syrup can in fact bring many calories and sugars.

How much maple syrup instead of sugar?

If you mean replace sugar with maple syrup in your recipes, pay attention to the proportions and doses. For every 100 grams of sugar, about 80 grams of syrup are needed.

What is maple syrup good for?

Maple syrup
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What does the Maple syrup for health? Is it capable of producing beneficial effects or, on the contrary, can it harm our body? Numerous studies have tried to answer this question and the picture that emerged is, all in all, to the advantage of maple syrup.

Given the significant contribution of minerals e antioxidantsthis ingredient is in fact considered useful for health.

This does not mean that we can consume them in industrial quantities. Dried fruit, for example, is also very good for your health, but excessive consumption can be harmful. As always, moderation is the key to taking care of your well-being.

To return to the benefits of maple syrup, this natural sweetener can provide the aforementioned antioxidants, helping to counteract the damage caused by oxidative stress and come on free radicals. This allows you to protect the body from the risk of developing numerous ailments, such as i tumors and diseases related to aging.

A good spoonful of maple syrup can also bring good quantities of minerals, manganese in the first place, useful for the proper functioning of the brain he was born in nervous systemas well as for the bone formation process.

Appearance and flavor

The ingredient is presented as a thick liquid, of variable color. In fact, you can find syrups from light amber to darker ones. The latter have a more intense flavor, they are often used for recipes that require cooking.

The lighter syrup, on the other hand, is frequently used for sweeten pancakesmuffins, cookies and other dishes, sweet and even savory.

What is maple syrup used for?

In the kitchen, this sweetener is used for the preparation of desserts, of sweet and sour sauce to accompany fish and meat dishes, such as chicken and pork and to prepare other delicious dishes.

You can use maple syrup instead of sugar, but always in moderation. One of the most famous recipes with maple syrup is undoubtedly that of pancake. So let’s see how to do it.

Pancakes with maple syrup: the easy and yummy recipe

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As we anticipated, this natural sweetener goes perfectly with stacks of steaming pancakes. The preparation of this classic American breakfast is very easy. First, however, let’s see what the necessary ingredients are.

Ingredients

  • Flour: 40 grams
  • Butter: 8 grams
  • Latte: 80 ml
  • 1 egg
  • Leavening powder for cakes: the tip of a teaspoon
  • Maple syrup: 30 grams.

Procedure

In a non-stick pan, melt the butter. Meanwhile, beat the egg and add the slightly cooled melted butter and milk. Stir and add the sifted flour and baking powder. Mix all the ingredients well in order to eliminate possible lumps.

Heat the non-stick pan and pour a ladle of dough in the center. Let it cook for a few minutes, and when the holes start to form on the surface, flip the pancake over to cook the other side. Do the same with the rest of the dough.

Then, arrange the pancakes on the plate and cover with an amber veil of syrup. Top it all off with a good glass of homemade juice, and your healthy breakfast is ready.

Maple syrup: price and where to buy it

You can buy maple syrup on Amazon or in well-stocked supermarkets, or even on numerous online shopping sites. The price can vary a lot depending on the brand and the quality of the product. You can buy packs of 250 grams for around 8 euros.


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