Real maple syrup is syrup that comes from maple trees. The harvesting of the sap from the trees and processing of the syrup is labor-intensive thus, the expensive finished product.
It’s because of the price tag that people opt for maple flavoured syrup instead of the real syrup. Maple flavoured syrup also known as fake syrup is a a highly processed product that’s anything but all-natural. The main ingredient in fake syrup is corn syrup that is high in fructose. To make corn syrup, corn is processed corn and the glucose and fructose separated, leaving behind a highly concentrated fructose syrup.
Maple flavoured syrup leads to weight gain
According to a 2004 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming syrup that is high in fructose can lead to weight gain and obesity. This is because your body processes fructose differently from other sugars. It accumulates in your liver because your body doesn’t stimulate insulin secretion. This is what causes a fatty liver, leads to interruption of hunger signals and diabetes.
Maple syrup is more expensive
Real maple syrup is more expensive than maple flavoured syrup. This is because of the short collection season, limited maple resource, and effort needed to produce it from tree sap.
Maple flavoured syrup has other artificial ingredients
Maple flavoured syrup contains different other artificial ingredients such as artificial flavors, caramel color and food additives like sodium sodium benzoate, hexametaphosphate, sulfur dioxide and potassium sorbate. Some of these ingredients may pose a risk to your health. Sodium benzoate could combine with vitamin C or ascorbic acid, to form benzene, which is linked to leukemia and other cancers. In addition, caramel coloring may also pose a cancer risk. This is why some countries prohibit imitation syrups from having the word “maple” in their names.
Both are high in sugar
While real maple syrup is a better choice than maple flavoured syrup, they both have disadvantages. There are approximately 50 calories in 1 tablespoon of each of these syrups. In maple syrup, all 13 grams of carbohydrate are from sugar, while fake maple syrup provides only 4 grams of sugar. According to the American Heart Association, women should consume less than 100 calories per day from added sugars, such as syrup, and men consume less than 150 calories per day from added sugars. If you want to limit sugar and get extra nutrients, use cooked fruit or peanut butter as a topping instead of syrup.
Fake syrup usually has a milder, less “mapley” taste than the real maple syrup. Some people, particularly children, prefer this milder taste. In fact, when you develop a taste for the real maple syrup, it’s hard to go back to the maple flavoured syrup.