Anytime friends or family come to visit I have my husband whip up some of his delicious waffles. They happen to be his signature “dish”. We usually have an array of toppings to choose from, but for me… top it with perhaps a little chunky peanut butter, some fresh chopped strawberries, and a little maple syrup and I am a happy girl. If you had known me a few years ago (ok like last year), you would know that I would never touch the real syrup and only went for the sugar-free “syrup” (calories are scary stuff, you know!). I feel like I have matured a bit from that girl and have grown to realize that you can choose the real stuff and still not break the caloric bank for the day. So, this new found “maturity” has caused me to do some research. I sure wish I had done it years ago. Here is what I found…
Maple is extremely beneficial to your health. I always figured it was just stuffed with sugar and that was it. Wrong. Maple is a great source of manganese and a good source of zinc! I could go into the details here about how manganese is known to be a cofactor to many enzymes important for antioxidant defense. Or how Zinc helps slow the progression of atherosclerosis, and is used to help maintain reproductive health in men, or even how it is known to be way better than vitamin C for immune health, etc. etc. but I will refrain. 😉
Basically, let’s just say it has A LOT of health benefits. And the flavor is fantastic. That is, if it is actually maple.
Did you know that the majority or “maple syrups” on the grocery store shelf are not really maple at all?? I didn’t either. When I decided to start using real syrup instead of the chemical stuff, I wanted to find real maple. That’s when I got frustrated. If you want to know what I mean, next time you go to the grocery store, look at their ingredients to see just how many of them are just colored corn syrup. I felt jipped.
But there is hope… If you look in the teeny, tiny, top right corner of the syrups you might just be able to find one or two brands of the delish and very nutritious 100% Maple Syrup. Good thing they had a sale last time. I stocked up.
So to end my little speech from this soap box, next time you are planning to make waffles (or if you would like to come over for some of David’s!) try to find a little 100% pure maple syrup to top it with. It might take a little extra effort, but your taste buds and your health will thank you for it.