The benefits and nutritional values of single origin maple syrup
Single origin maple syrup, such as happy maple, provides several essential nutrients. One 60 ml serving of maple syrup contains 72% of the daily nutritional requirement of manganese, 27% of riboflavin, 17% of copper, and 6% of calcium.
There is currently no recommended daily allowance for polyphenols, but we do know that there are 78.2 mg of polyphenols in a 60 ml serving of maple syrup. Scientific studies are underway to verify the antioxidant properties of polyphenols, naturally present in maple syrup. Maple syrup provides several essential nutrients. It’s considered a source of calcium, a good source of copper, and an excellent source of riboflavin and manganese.
100% pure maple syrup from Québec has 67 different polyphenols, nine of which are unique to it. One of these polyphenols, called Quebecol, is naturally produced when sap is boiled to become maple syrup.
Clearly, maple syrup has its place in a healthy diet. It’s important, however, to consume it in moderation because, while it’s a “good” sugar, it’s still sugar!
Like the World Health Organization (WHO), the Quebec Maple Syrup Producers from Quebec support the moderate consumption of sugar. WHO recommends a daily intake of added sugar not exceeding 10% of daily energy intake, an average of about 2,000 kcal. This represents 50 g of added sugar or 37.5 ml of maple syrup, a little more than 2 tbsp.
Did you know?
The First Nations people of eastern North America have long known about maple sap, and drank it for its fortifying qualities. They also boiled the bark of various maple species for the treatment of wounds, abscesses, and eye ailments. As you can see, the health benefits of maple have been known since the dawn of time!