Updated: Mar 3
Maple syrup is a natural source of sweetness that comes from the sap of maple trees. It is also rich in antioxidants which have been shown to prevent or delay some types of cell damage. They also help neutralize "free radicals" which are waste produced by our cells( think cell poop basically- what is left after the cells process food and process the environment).
Another great benefit of maple syrup is it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. These help reduce inflammation in our systems which means it helps fight against the risk of heart disease, obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer's, psoriasis just to name a few. Using maple syrup is like getting your sweet fix with added hidden bonuses you don't even taste!
Honey is another natural sweetener that is believed to contain many health benefits. It has antimicrobial properties and can help soothe a sore throat or cough. Honey also contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase, which helps your body break down carbohydrates for energy.
Both maple syrup and honey are low in calories and provide essential vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron. Honey has been found to improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Both are great to make snacks, like your own granola bars that are good for you.
Using maple syrup or honey as your sweetener is an easy way to incorporate natural sweetness into your diet without sacrificing flavor or health benefits. Ultimately, these natural sweeteners are healthier options than artificial sweeteners or refined sugar. Unlike refined or fake sugars (artificial ones) your body recognizes honey and maple and knows how to use them and where to send them. With fake, artificial overly processed sugars, your body does not recognize them and thus stores them in your fat ,i.e causing more pudge. Plus, they have a delicious flavor that can help make your meals and drinks more enjoyable. With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why you should use maple and honey as your sweeteners.