Maple Syrup Maple syrup isn't exactly the healthiest of sugar alternatives since it's still highly processed, but compared to white sugar, it does not trigger a blood glucose spike the way refined sugar does. The syrup is high in zinc and manganese. Calorie-wise it's comparable to sugar, but because of its sweeter taste, you only need to use 2/3 cup of maple syrup per 1 cup sugar. Be sure you're buying pure maple syrup, not anything that's been cut with high fructose corn syrup!
Form: Syrup Uses: Sweeten smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, and pancakes (duh). You can also substitute maple syrup in baking, but reduce the amount of liquids in the recipe to compensate. 3/4 cup maple syrup equals 1 cup sugar. Glycemic Index: 58
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