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ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF MAPLE SYRUP
Maple syrup has ancient origins, so much so that it was used by the Indians of Canada and the USA even before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It was mainly the Iroquois Indians who worked the maple sap, initially treating it to obtain crystals to be used as a substitute for cane sugar. Only later was it discovered the possibility of transforming the sap into a tasty syrup, obtained by boiling the sap of two species of maple: the sugar maple and the black maple.
Over the years, the consumption of maple syrup also spread among the English and French settlers, becoming a typical breakfast product in the United States and Canada.
After stevia and molasses, maple syrup is among the least caloric sweeteners of all with less than 250 calories per 100 grams of product.
Production takes place mainly in Canadian sugarbush or sugarwoods, as well as in some areas of the United States, collecting the sap during the plant's dormant period. It is precisely in the United States that the greatest quantity of maple syrup is consumed, especially in combination with the famous pancakes characteristic of the traditional American breakfast. However, over 80% of world maple syrup production comes from Canada, where this sugary liquid has become part of popular culture. It is not uncommon for residents to visit the sugarshacks to taste the typical maple syrup dishes, such as maple taffee (a candy served on top of a stick, just like a common lollipop) .
PROPERTIES AND BENEFITS OF MAPLE SYRUP
Not everyone knows that maple syrup is not only a very tasty sweetener, but it is rich in precious substances such as vitamins, potassium, magnesium and folic acid. Maple syrup is also a source of antioxidants not to be underestimated, as recently communicated in the results of a research presented to the American Chemical Society. Very rich in beneficial substances, this natural syrup is also capable of carrying out an important diuretic and slimming action, as well as fighting constipation thanks to the substances it contains. Not only that, how many are aware of the antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic power of this product? there are even 54 beneficial substances contained in maple syrup, including 5 newly discovered such as Quebecol. It is a phenolic compound whose formation occurs during the production process of the same syrup.
The consumption of maple syrup is also useful to counteract aging and to rebalance the gastrointestinal system, especially in the case of constipation, colitis or gastritis. A natural method to combat annoying ailments without having to resort to the use of specific drugs with related side effects.
Its use is also valid within the diet, thanks to its innate ability to drain excess fluids. Sedentary individuals or those whose lymphatic system has poor functioning will benefit from the consumption of this widespread syrup, also counteracting the imperfections of cellulite. The substances contained in the syrup in fact act on fats, as well as on abdominal swelling, reducing the very common "bacon". Contrary to popular belief, the use of maple syrup is especially indicated for anyone who wants to lose a few extra kilos, perhaps accumulated after the excesses of the holidays.
The use of the syrup is therefore also perfect for anyone on a diet, taking it as a drink consisting of a spoonful of liquid dissolved in a glass of water, with a pinch of cinnamon and the juice of half a lemon. It will therefore be possible to obtain more than satisfactory results in terms of weight loss thanks to the precious help of this food.
The consumption of maple syrup is also particularly suitable for lovers of physical activity, using it before playing sports, possibly diluted with water. The syrup is in fact a rapidly absorbed sugar and mineral salts supplement.
Its use is however not recommended for anyone suffering from diabetes due to the fair amount of sucrose contained in it. Diabetics (whether they have type 1 or 2 diabetes) will need to opt for different sweeteners, such as agave juice, instead.
Mothers will have the option of using maple syrup when weaning their babies. It is a better substance than refined sugar and also has a pleasant flavor, more useful than malt or molasses.
Maple syrup: TIPS
Overweight individuals will be able to take advantage of the slimming action of maple syrup by following a simple diet at least one week every month. In particular:
• Monday, Wednesday and Friday: a jar of yoghurt with a few oat flakes, three walnuts and a glass of the aforementioned drink containing maple syrup.
• Tuesday and Thursday: a puree of mixed vegetables and a glass of drink with maple syrup
• Saturday and Sunday: drink the drink in the morning and in the afternoon
The consumption of this drink will also have an effective purifying and detoxifying effect, thanks to the intake of the active ingredients contained in the maple sap. In a short time it will be possible to notice a pleasant feeling of "deflating" and general cleaning.