White, refined and processed sugars are found in so many different foods, products and recipes. It can be difficult to find a healthier alternative to these refined sugars, but the one place you can start to replace sugar is right in the home.
If you are looking for a healthier alternate to processed, white sugar, then we have a solution for you. There is an option that is healthier and does not disappoint in terms of flavour whatsoever, and that is by using pure, organic maple syrup in place of white sugar.
There is a huge difference in refined, white table sugar and pure maple syrup, and we are going to share the benefit of replacing sugar with maple.
How To Replace Sugar With Maple Syrup
The struggle is real. Cutting out refined white sugars in your diet isn't easy. There are so many articles out there that talk about why cutting refined white sugars is a good thing, but many of us know it is a tough goal to accomplish.
One way to get started on your journey of replacing sugar is by learning more about sugar; why it is unhealthy and which sugars are better choices.
Here are the steps you can take to start replacing sugars with healthier alternatives:
1. Identify how you are using sugar in your home
Over the course of a few days, build a list of everything that you are eating. Check the ingredients, list of all the items and note which items contain those white refined sugars.
2. Cut out the sugary items that are not necessary
There is no reason why some of these food items in your home need to be there. If they are not helping you in your journey, then get rid of them. Don't worry, we will help you find some alternate ideas of what you can replace those with.
3. Find the best replacement for those sugary items
After you have gotten rid of the refined, white sugars in your home that you often reach for, it is time to find a replacement for them. Let's look at white, refined table sugar and at maple syrup to see what the difference is.
The difference between white sugar and maple syrup
What is white sugar?
White sugar, also called table sugar, granulated sugar or regular sugar, is a commonly used type of sugar made either from beet sugar or cane sugar that has undergone a refining process.
Refining white sugar means that the sugar is being changed into pure sucrose by removing any molasses that naturally comes from the beet or sugar cane.
The sugar refining process involves washing the raw sugar crystals before dissolving them into a sugar syrup, which is then filtered and passed over carbon to remove any residual colour. The sugar syrup is then concentrated by boiling it under a vacuum. It is then crystallized, as that is the final purification process to produce crystals of pure sucrose that are clear, odorless, and sweet.
A white sugar alternative that is healthier
If you are looking for a natural sugar replacement that is healthier in terms of vitamins and nutrients, and one that is far less processed and is much more natural, than look no further than pure, organic maple syrup.
Maple syrup is an organic, naturally occurring sugar in maple trees that is tapped in the spring. Tapping the tree does not harm it. The sugar water is collected and is then boiled so that the water content evaporates, leaving the pure maple syrup.
Is maple syrup healthy?
Pure maple syrup has vitamins and minerals in it, making it a healthier alternative to white table sugar. It is also vegan, organic and is natural.
According to Healthline, for a person's recommended daily intake (RDI), 80ml (or 1/3 cup) of pure maple syrup provides:
- 7% RDI of calcium
- 6% RDI of potassium
- 7% RDI of iron
- 28% RDI of zinc
- 165% RDI of manganese
Given the fact that it is still a sugar, maple syrup is a fantastic alternate to the refined, white table sugar that is found in so many foods and recipes.
What makes Maple Roch Maple Syrup Different?
Maple Roch syrup is different than the typical big brand names of syrup found on your grocery story shelf. It comes from a single forest and is never blended with any other sugars or syrups as fillers. What you get comes directly from the tree and has been boiled down by the same maple harvesting families year after year to offer pure, vegan, organic maple syrup.
How to use maple syrup in place of sugar
To substitute maple syrup for sugar in cooking or baking, use three quarters of maple syrup in place of the sugar that called for.
For everyday use, you can use maple syrup in place of sugar in your coffees, teas, smoothies, or you can even try it on cooked or baked vegetable recipes with a small drizzle; convert the brussel sprout haters, or try it on roasted squash.
Maple syrup can also be used on all types of savoury foods, soups and it makes excellent marinades.
As with all sweeteners, moderation is always best. So go ahead and give it a try, and and swap out refined sugar with maple syrup.
Maple Roch's Maple Syrup can be purchased online in many different sizes of containers or bags. Our largest option is a 1.5L bag of pure maple syrup in either amber or dark grades. This bag can be kept in the freezer and can be used to refill bottles to keep in the fridge. Isn't that great?
We hope you found this article helpful and informative! Be sure to check out some of our favourite maple syrup recipes in our recipe section, as well as some of our pure maple syrup snacks and foods you can also get from Maple Roch.
Enjoy the sweet life!