With Clarks Pure Maple Syrup containing 34% less sugar (gram for gram) and Clarks Original Blend containing 50% less sugar (gram for gram) than refined white sugar, they are a great tasting alternative to white refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Incredibly versatile, maple syrup can be used in a whole range of dishes – drizzle on sponge cakes, strawberries and even camembert; squeeze on salmon and chicken; pour in milkshakes and ice cream; mix in porridge and smoothies – and don’t forget to use it on your salad dressings and sauces. Maple syrup is also a good source of zinc to aid the immune system and has fewer calories weight-for-weight than sugar and honey. It can also be a great ingredient for those looking to make small changes for a healthier lifestyle – try adding a dash of Clarks to your morning coffee instead of sugar.
Similar to the way in which brown bread offers us more nutrients than white bread – which has been robbed of any goodness during the refinement process – unrefined natural sweeteners such as maple syrup contain more beneficial nutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants and than white sugar. When used in sensible amounts, maple syrup has the ability to lessen inflammation, better manage blood sugar level and supply the body with nutrients.
Maple tree syrup, (or tree sap) has been used for many centuries. Long before Europeans settled in the US, Native Americans began processing maple tree sap into syrup, as they seemed to understand the health benefits. Maple syrup held cultural significance to many Aboriginal tribes, who celebrated with a maple dance during the first full moon of the year.
When compared to refined sugar which offers no nutritional value, maple syrup contains some important antioxidants and minerals like zinc and manganese. If you carry out a direct comparison of sugar versus maple syrup nutrition, they have a few things in common, but maple syrup is a more favorable choice.
The glycemic index (GI index) score of maple syrup is about 54, compared to a score of about 65 for refined sugar. This means that maple syrup has a lesser impact on your blood sugar than refined sugar. Maple syrup also adds trace minerals and antioxidants, while sugar is missing both of these.
Maple syrup is derived from the sap of maple trees. Unlike refined sugar – which undergoes a long, complex process in order to be condensed in crystalised sugar – maple syrup is a far more natural, unrefined product.
As one of the oldest forms of sweetener, first harvested by Native Americans and believed to have healing benefits, maple syrup remains a sweeter of choice today for the same reasons.
Popular with those following a plant based diet, pure maple syrup is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Today, Canada supplies over 80 % of the world’s maple syrup and Quebec is the largest producer. Clarks source all its Pure Maple Syrup from a maple farm in Quebec. Most maple trees are about 10 to 12 inches in diameter and usually about 40 years old.
Maple Syrup comes from the sap of the Maple Tree. There are around 13 different types of Maple tree, but 3 are used for Maple tapping; the Sugar Maple, Black Maple and Red Maple, with Sugar Maple being the most common as it has the longest harvest period. Very simply, when the temperature starts to get warmer in the spring, the sap rises through the tree, allowing the Maple Syrup farmers to tap the trees and collect the sap. This sap is then simply boiled to create pure maple syrup.
Like any sweetener, maple syrup should be consumed in moderation. Portion size should be controlled and maple syrup should be consumed as part of a balanced diet. Offering more nutrients and increased benefits when compared to consuming refined white sugar, high quality maple syrup’s benefits should not be compared to the benefits of eating wholesome food such as proteins, fats and vegetables.