It comes from the sap of maple and contains precious mineral elements with a high sweetening power. We are talking about the maple juice, of which the invigorating power of sportsmen is well known but which has many natural properties that have contributed to its notoriety and made appreciable, by over twenty years, its spread also in Europe.
This natural sweetness comes from the "new world" and more precisely from the northern area, that of the great lakes and snow-covered forests. The first users were a strain of North American natives of Canada who had found a way to work the sap of maple. Initially it was produced in the form of crystals, a bit like cane sugar, only later did it get the syrup that we can now find in supermarkets.
WHAT IS THE MAPLE SYRUP
Maple juice is a sugary liquid obtained by boiling the sap of the sugar maple and black maple. Its high sweetening power places it at the top of the classifications of natural less caloric sweeteners, second only to molasses and stevia. Its taste and texture are comparable to acacia honey. The complexion is amber, clear and clear. Plus the shade tends to dark and less is considered valuable, with a flavor that might resemble caramel. The classification of the various types depends on the degree of refining and for this reason it is distinguished in "fancy", "class A", "class B" and "class C". In America it is usually consumed over pancakes. To obtain a liter of syrup, 40 liters of sap are used and this affects the final price of the product, which is not exactly cheap.
THE MAIN PROPERTIES
The sap of the maple, from which the syrup is obtained, is an excellent source of essential mineral elements among which potassium (40.8 mg), calcium (13.4 mg), the magnesium (2.8 mg), zinc (mg), iron (0.2 mg), selenium (0.1 mg) as well as substances such as sucrose, malic acid, vitamins and other phenolic components.
It is thanks to these substances that we can benefit from its diuretic, anti-constipation, slimming, antidepressant action as well as the sweetening capacity that made it famous. Rich in minerals, maple juice has a particularly effective purifying action to counteract constipation and those disorders typically associated with seasonal changes. The vitamin B1 contained in it, also known as "moral vitamin", has a beneficial effect on the mental attitude, regenerating the nervous system; thanks to her the maple juice is also indicated for depressive states.
Good news also for those who like to keep their weight under control. The caloric intake of maple juice is second only to stevia in calories (250 per 100 grams). It is therefore possible to use it instead of sugar to sweeten beverages, cakes or other respecting the diet. It is also possible to exploit the calming effect on the sensation of hunger, thus respecting the purpose of completing the fasting day foreseen in the depurative actions and in the most drastic diets.
Emollient, refreshing and energizing powers are also recognized, and used for this in natural medicine in adjuvant treatments in case of gastritis, intestinal indisposition and spastic colitis.
As mentioned, it is a precious purifier rich in energy power, which makes it excellent for a detoxifying treatment to be done for a day without adding any other food except two liters of water in which to dissolve four tablespoons of maple syrup . The body will take on all the active ingredients contained in the maple sap for a useful feeling of deflation and cleanliness that are well worth the sacrifice made. If you take it pure or poured over some foods, it can also become a tonic and supplement for cases of loss of appetite and for all those who spend a lot of energy on the mental level since it helps to carry out a preventive action against headaches, lack of memory and side effects to the same.
The slimming action of maple juice is undoubtedly linked to its purifying function of excess liquids, counteracting water retention and unwanted fat deposits. Associated with an adequate dietary program, it reduces the swelling and the unsightly effects of cellulite.
HOW AND WHY USE IT
Maple syrup is a source of nutritional principles such as vitamin B1 and other important minerals for preserving health and the regular performance of metabolic functions. The amount of magnesium, potassium and other antioxidants it contains is a defense against cellular aging, the main cause of diseases such as arteriosclerosis. It can be taken as a drink once a day. The preparation is very simple; it will be sufficient to put in a mixer the filtered juice of half a lemon, a glass of water, a tablespoon of maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon powder, mix and the mixture will soon be served. The blood vessels that will be induced to intensify the thermogenesis of the fats will thank you. Among the types of maple syrup, it would be preferable to use the organic one belonging to the B or C categories, less common to find but richer in active ingredients, to ensure the benefits of regenerating substances.