'Tis the season for parties, cookie swaps, cocktails, cake, and cheer of all kinds. While we love to indulge in the good stuff we look forward to all year, there are plenty of ways we can improve on the more sugary traditions. One of our favorite ways to improve holiday treats is to use pure maple syrup from Canada as the main source of sweetness because it’s natural, minimally processed, and brings a great flavor to any recipe. Plus, did you know that December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day?
Because pure maple syrup is tapped straight from the tree, it is all natural, unlike other processed sweeteners. It also has potential health benefits because it contains beneficial vitamins and minerals like manganese, riboflavin, calcium, and copper. Recent research has revealed that pure maple contains 65 polyphenols, which may help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Plus, the calories in maple syrup are lower than in corn syrup and honey, averaging about 50 calories per tablespoon.