On my return home I was super happy to find out that the popularity of maple sap has grown and you can now buy it unpasteurized at many health food stores – commonly called maple water. I also discovered the wealth of nutritional information about the stuff. Wow! There are some big claims being made about maple sap everything from controlling diabetes, to healing ulcers, to being anti-carcinogenic. Some of these claims are more valid than others, but there are some interesting facts about maple sap that make it a very healthful alternative to commercial rehydration drinks.
Maple sap is:
- 100% natural (brand dependant)
- loaded with electrolytes
- low on the glycemic index – it won’t spike your blood sugar like other sweet drinks
- full of vitamins and minerals like: potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, choline, selenium, riboflavin (B2), pantothenic acid (B5), and manganese
- antioxidant rich with levels comparable to broccoli
- lower in sugar and calories than coconut water
If you are reaching for a rehydration drink, want to sweeten your smoothie or make some amazing oatmeal I suggest trying maple sap.….as an added bonus it makes a delicious cocktail!