Maple syrup contains 68% carbohydrates, while most other syrups (corn, etc.) have 100% carbohydrates.
While Maple syrup has close to the same calorie content as white cane sugar (50 calories/Tbsp), maple syrup contains significant amounts of other vitamins and minerals, such as:
- Calcium (20 mg/Tbsp)
- Potassium (35 mg/Tbsp)
- Iron and Phosphorous.
- Vitamin B
- Sodium (2 mg/Tbsp).
The complete nutritional information is shown below:
Below is a nutritional comparison of various sweeteners. As you can see using Maple syrup is a smart choice.
In addition to its nutritional benefits, scientists have found that maple syrup’s natural phenols – a potentially beneficial antioxidant compounds – inhibit two carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes that are relevant to type 2 diabetes. Talk to your doctor.