Most of your (artificially flavored) syrups such as Aunt Jemima or Mrs. Butterworth’s has next to zero nutritional content, and is mainly composed of high fructose corn syrup, artificial maple flavor, and preservatives. They contain very little syrup and a lot of additives to make it taste like syrup. You should avoid these at all costs.
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Aunt Jemima Ingredients:
CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CELLULOSE GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, SALT, SODIUM BENZOATE AND SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVES), ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE.
Mrs. Butterworths Ingredients:
Corn Syrup High Fructose, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Molasses, Potassium Sorbate Preservative, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Flavor(s) Natural & Artificial
Grade B organic maple syrup, although pricey, is well worth the cost. It is darker in color and has a robust flavor. Maple syrup, in it’s unrefined pure form, contains a ton of nutritional benefits and should have a spot on every pantry shelf! It contains no fat, and has only 52 calories per tablespoon – a great sweetener option. It also provides vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, iron, choline, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorous, sulfur and silicon. Grade A removes most of these benefits during processing.
Grade B maple syrup is a delicious and nutritious option when used in moderation. So the next time you need a syrup for pancakes or waffles or if you just need a sweetener for a recipe, consider Grade B Maple syrup! You can find it in whole food stores or most supermarkets. You can also order it online here.