I’ve just learned something that makes me really happy and I’m happy to pass this on to you: maple syrup is good for you! Really! Of course you can’t freak out on maple syrup- it still has lots of sugar and calories, but as an alternative to regular sugar it come out way ahead! Here’s what’s great about maple syrup:
1. It has antioxidants:
Antioxidants protect your cells from damage, and can sometimes repair damage. They also keep your skin looking good.
2. It’s anti-inflammatory:
This means that components in maple syrup can strengthen your immune system in general, and help prevent inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
3. It can help maintain steady blood sugar levels:
Maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, and that helps keep blood sugar levels even, which help keep your appetite under control.
4. It’s an unrefined sugar:
Maple syrup goes through very little processing, which makes it a better for your gut than regular sugar.
5. It’s high in zinc and manganese:
Those minerals help keep a strong immune system.
6. It’s good for your heart:
Zinc, one of the minerals that are abundant in maple syrup, is essential for a healthy heart.
7. It’s good for your brain:
Manganese plays a role in brain health, and also helps you stay calm.
8. It’s good for your skin:
The anti-inflammatory properties of maple syrup are help give you healthy skin from the inside out, but you can also apply it as a topical skin treatment to reduce inflammation, dryness, and acne.
It’s nice when something delicious is good for you, isn’t it? Remember, you can’t eat unlimited amounts of maple syrup, but it’s a healthy choice of sweetener, so allow yourself to enjoy it on your pancakes, in your oatmeal, as part of a marinade, or any other way you like it! And pass this bit of good news on to other maple syrup lovers!
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