Maple sugar has a great history. Native Americans were the first to learn of the sweet sap inside the maple tree. Early settlers learned about sugar maples from Native Americans. Maple became a popular sweetener in colonial New England.
Sap runs out of maple trees on days when daytime temperatures are around 40 degrees following nighttime temperatures below freezing. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup because sap is about 98% water. Sugar is made when the syrup is heated further, turning it into crystallized sugar granules.
Maple sugar is a natural source of 24 beneficial antioxidants including benzoic acid, gallic acid, cinnamic acid, and various flavanols like catechin, epicatechin, rutin and quercetin. Antioxidants have been shown to help prevent cancer, support the immune system, lower blood pressure and slow the effects of aging. Researchers have found that pure maple sugar contains numerous phenolic compounds, commonly found in plants and in agricultural products such as blueberries, tea, red wine and flax-seed. Maple sugar is a more natural, unrefined product than cane sugar, preserving these fragile antioxidants.
Maple sugar contains naturally occurring minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and copper. Potassium and calcium are the most abundant. Maple syrup is also a better source of some nutrients than fruit and vegetables. Maple sugar is primarily sucrose, with some glucose and fructose. Sucrose is a complex sugar that breaks down into glucose and fructose. With a Glycemic Index score of about 54, maple sugar has been shown to have healthy glycemic qualities.
ALLERGY-FREE, ORGANIC, VEGAN, PALEO
Our Maple Plus products are allergy-friendly, organic, paleo (many ancient cultures collected tree sap as a flavor enhancement) and vegan (cane sugar is bleached with bone char, maple sugar is cruelty-free and comes from boiling down tree sap). Maple sugar is sustainably sweet. Maple Plus granulated sugar can be incorporated into your favorite recipes to provide medicinal benefit for yourself and your family.
SUBSTITUTE 1:1 FOR CANE SUGAR
Maple Plus's granulated maple sugar can be substituted 1:1 anywhere you would use granulated cane sugar. Our maple sugar imparts a light, caramel flavor and golden brown color to recipes. If you like brown sugar, you will like maple sugar. Because of the CBD content in our maple products, it is best to avoid recipes that require extreme heat. Our product performs better in recipes that require lower heat and longer temperature.