Maple syrup has been called “one of the world’s healthiest foods” (The World’s Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide to the Healthiest Way of Eating by George Mateljan). A one quarter cup serving of maple syrup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk and more potassium than a banana. Maple syrup is also a great source of magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and iron.
Maple-flavored syrup, on the other hand, is made up of mostly high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), preservatives and artificial flavorings. HFCS is an added sugar. That is, not a naturally occurring sugar. Added sugars have been linked with many health concerns including type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease and inflammation.
Maple syrup in small quantities provides an all natural sweetener. Despite it’s high sugar content, pure maple syrup is a much healthier sweetener than refined white sugar or HFCS which have been stripped of all their natural nutrients in manufacturing.