A Healthier Sweetener:
Fun Fact: The Native Americans did a Maple Dance to celebrate the first full moon of spring (called the Sugar Moon).
Fun Fact II: Vermont has been making maple syrup for hundreds of years, and it produces the most maple syrup in the United States. Some of its trees are over 200 years old. (Over 80% of the world’s supply of maple syrup comes from Canada.)
Fun Fact III: 40 gallons of sap makes 1 gallon of maple syrup.
Maple Syrup Vs. Processed Sugar
- maple syrup glycemic index score: 54
- cane sugar’s glycemic index score: 65
- Maple syrup affects your blood sugar less than cane sugar.
- Maple syrup is made from tree sap. There is little processing.
- Refined cane sugar goes through long, complex processing to become sugar crystals.
- effects of eating high levels of refined sugar:
- leaky gut syndrome/other digestive system disorders
- helps defend against illness
- aids immune system
- helps brain function
- helps nerve function
- fat and carbohydrate metabolism
- calcium absorbtion
- blood sugar regulation
- lower inflammation
- lower free radical damage
- lowers inflammation
- helps prevent arthrits
- helps prevents inflammatory bowel disease
- helps prevent heart disease
- decreases oxidative stress (oxidative stress ages us and lowers our immunity)
- protects cells from DNA damage and mutation
- lowers skin inflammation, redness, blemishes, dryness
- supports antibiotic effects
- Use in moderation.
- Buy darker, grade B maple syrup. This kind has more antioxidants and is more concentrated than grade A maple syrup.
- Make sure that pure maple syrup is the only ingredient — or, at least, the primary ingredient.
- Check that the ingredient list doesn’t include preservatives, artificial dyes, and flavors.
- Buy organic. Organic means that the trees weren’t treated with any chemicals.
- Reduce bacteria/hydrate/decrease irritation on face with the mask:
- raw milk/yogurt
- rolled oats
- raw honey