Healthy pick of the week: maple syrup

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March 25th, 2011

PennLive.com Original Article

Who knew that hiking to a maple tree, tapping it and then lugging a bucket of sap home isn’t the healthiest part of maple syrup? This golden amber liquid is not only the perfect partner to a plate of pancakes, it also is a benefit to your immune system.

  • NUTRITION: One tablespoon of maple syrup has 52 calories. A serving also has a good helping of the antioxidant zinc and manganese, a trace mineral that plays a key role in antioxidant defense and energy production.
  • HOW TO CHOOSE: There is a difference between true maple syrup and maple-flavored syrup. Grade A maple syrups include light amber, medium amber and dark amber with the lightest color having the most subtle the flavor.
  • HOW TO STORE: Store your unopened bottles of maple syrup in cool dry place. Once opened you will want to refrigerate your syrup.
  • HOW TO USE: Besides being a traditional breakfast accessory, maple syrup can be added to tea as a sweetener or used as part of a marinade for sweet and tangy recipes.

SOURCES: WHFoods.org, Nutritiondata.com

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