Ingredient Spotlight: Maple Syrup Posted on 13 Sep 17:35 , 0 comments

The warm and rich flavor of maple syrup offers several unique nutritional benefits, unlike most sweeteners which have little to no nutrient value.

Maple syrup, as one of the least processed sweeteners, is recommended above others. It is a naturally occurring sweetener with a lower glycemic index compared to other granulated sugars or syrups. Mayple syrup also contains a complex carbohydrate, inulin, which serves as a prebiotic to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, ultimately aiding in gut health and digestion.  

In addition to helping your gut, maple syrup can help with your immune system, as 1 tablespoon provides 6% of the daily recommended intake of zinc and 33% of the daily recommended intake of manganese. Maple syrup also contains inflammation reducing antioxidants, similar to those contained in molasses and brown sugar, whereas refined sugars and agave nectar do not. Also, make sure that you are purchasing 100% pure maple syrup, and organic if possible. Maple Syrups that are not labeled as pure often contain unwanted additives and filler sweeteners that decrease this spectacular sweetener's power! 

Next time you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, chose maple syrup, the sweet treat with benefits! You can also experience its flavor and benefits in our very popular Maple Nut Munch!

Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her dual Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition and Foods and minor in Strength & Conditioning. Addie recently finished her supervised practice rotations, and passed her licensure exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She is very excited to begin helping people reach their happiest and healthiest selves through a vegan diet!