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May 28, 2010

5 Things You May Not Know About Maple Syrup

  1. Maple syrup can be used as a healthier alternative to sugar in desserts andbaked goods, such as pies and cakes.

    • To substitute maple syrup for white sugar, use a one-for-one substitution and reduce the quantity of liquid ingredients in the recipe (water, milk, juice) by about a ¼ of a cup.
    • Maple syrup may also serve as a one-to-one substitution for other liquid sweeteners, such as honey, molasses and corn syrup. 
  2. Maple syrup contains fewer calories than corn syrup and honey.
  3. Maple syrup can add depth and complexity to cooking, as an ingredient in glazes, rubs or barbeque sauces for poultry, meat, seafood or vegetables.
  4. Canada produces 80% of the maple syrup sold in the world.

    • And 91% of Canadian maple syrup is produced in the province of Quebec. 
  5. Maple syrup contains antioxidants, which can delay or prevent free radical induced diseases, such as diabetes and cancer.

    • A portion of ¼ cup of maple syrup contains as much antioxidant activity as one serving of raw tomato or broccoli.