By: Natalie Chormann

Ah, maple.  You know, that wonderful, sweet stuff we all love to drown our Sunday morning pancakes in? I bet that you didn’t know that in addition to tasting like Heaven on Earth, pure maple actually offers quite a few long-lasting health benefits.  Now just to be clear – we’re not talking that sugary Aunt Jemima-style corn-syrup-filled pancake topping.  We’re talking real, pure, tapped-from-a-tree maple syrup.

All the Sweet Without the Spike

Maple Syrup has a lower glycemic index than common cane sugar. Its index comes in around 45 compared to cane sugar’s 65. That means that maple doesn’t spike your blood glucose levels as much as common sugar and cause you to have that sugar high followed by the inevitable sugar crash. I’d put that in the “win” column for maple.

Rich in Antioxidants

Maple syrup is actually full of antioxidants, minerals and nutrients! A medical journal found maple to contain 24 different antioxidants including decent amounts of zinc, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium.

Prevent Disease

The antioxidants in maple are also anti-inflammatory which have been linked to preventing diseases such as cancer, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.

Recover After That Workout

maple-pancake-front_1024x1024_b1758a5d-89de-4fce-b782-f7c8f3b2f215_largeIt helps in muscle recovery. Since maple is high in manganese, a nutrient that helps repair muscle and keep the bones strong, a little drizzle of maple syrup on your post workout yogurt might just go a long way for those sore muscles.

Try Paleonola Maple Pancake Granola on your post-workout yogurt as well.  Made with 100% natural, pronounceable ingredients (including organic maple syrup, almonds, organic pepitas, and organic honey), this is a guilt-free snack that you won’t be able to put down!

Better Skin

It helps protect your skin. Maple can help fight off redness, inflammation and dryness of the skin. It has even been linked to help prevent aging when used on skin. Go ahead, mix up a homemade mask with some maple syrup and give it a try, you know you want to.

Improved Digestion

Maple can improve your digestion. Common refined sugars reek havoc on you digestive track, by replacing them with healthier alternatives, like maple of course, can give your digestive system a break and some time to heal. This also prevents that pesky bloat that accompanies most refined sugar consumption.

Naturally Better than the Alternatives

Artificial calorie sweeteners may seem healthy because they are marketed rum14_303_001_photoretouch_kgp_9750_vm_r02_v02_krs1-243x576as having few or zero calories, but they are created in labs and are actually are tied to a ton of health problems including depression,  constipation, and even weight GAIN!  Skip those unpleasant consequences and reach for the pure maple instead.  Natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave, and honey are natural and easy on your body in the long run. Natural sweeteners also provide the added benefit of nutrients that aren’t “built” into artificial sweeteners such as iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

When looking for shakes and sweetened beverages, make sure to look at the ingredients on the back.  Grab a drink like Vanilla Maple Rumble Supershake that is naturally sweetened, rather than a diet soft drink.

Get Sick Less Often

It can help ward off the common cold. Since maple is packed with zinc, which keeps that white blood cell count nice and high, and manganese, which protects your immune system cells, maple syrup can actually help you fight off and prevent sickness. Go ahead; throw out the tissues, stock up of maple instead.

The Next Superfood

Maple syrup actually has some of the same antioxidant compounds found in foods like berries, whole wheat, and flax seed. Some people are even calling it the next super food. That’s right; move over kale, there’s a new healthy powerhouse.

Reach Your Fitness Goals

Maple syrup has fewer calories than other natural sweeteners such as honey, agave and of course, sugar. Can’t argue with that.

So there you have it – 10 healthy reasons to add some more maple to your life. Just remember that while maple is a better option that many other sweeteners, it is still a sugar.  So before you go putting a straw straight in the maple syrup bottle, remember that as with any sugar, moderation is key. That way, you get still get the benefits without the downside of excess sugar consumption.