It comes from the sap of maple and contains precious mineral elements with a high sweetening power We are talking about maple juice, whose invigorating power of athletes is well known but which has many natural properties that have contributed to its fame and made it appreciable, from over twenty years, its spread also in Europe.
This natural sweetness comes from the "new world" and more precisely from the North, that of the great lakes and snow-covered forests. The first users were a strain of North American natives from Canada who had found a way to work the sap of the maple. Initially it was produced in the form of crystals, a bit like cane sugar, only later was it made into the syrup that we can now find in supermarkets.
WHAT IS MAPLE SYRUP
Maple juice is a sugary liquid obtained by boiling the sap of sugar maple and black maple. Its high sweetening power places it at the top of the rankings of the lowest caloric natural sweeteners, second only to molasses and stevia. Its flavor and texture are comparable to acacia honey. The complexion is amber, clear and limpid. The darker the shade, the less valuable it is, with a flavor that could resemble caramel. The classification of the various types depends on the degree of refinement and for this reason it is distinguished in "fancy", "class A", "class B" and "class C". In America it is usually eaten over pancakes. To obtain a liter of syrup 40 liters of sap are used and this affects the final price of the product, which is not exactly cheap.
THE MAIN PROPERTIES
The sap of the maple, from which the syrup is obtained, is an excellent source of essential mineral elements among which are mentioned in order of importance potassium (40.8 mg), calcium (13.4 mg), magnesium (2.8 mg), zinc (mg), iron (0.2 mg), selenium (0.1 mg) as well as substances such as sucrose, malic acid, vitamins and other phenolic components.
It is thanks to these substances that we can benefit from its diuretic, antistipsis, slimming, antidepressant action as well as the sweetening capacity that made it famous. Rich in minerals, maple juice has a particularly effective purifying action to combat constipation and those ailments typically associated with seasonal changes. The vitamin B1 contained in it, also known as the "moral vitamin", has a beneficial action on mental attitude, regenerating the nervous system; thanks to her, maple juice is also indicated for depressive states.
Good news also for those who love to keep their weight under control. The caloric intake of maple juice is second only to stevia in terms of calories (250 per 100 grams). It is therefore possible to use it as a substitute for sugar to sweeten drinks, cakes or other respecting the dietary regime. It is also possible to take advantage of its calming effect on the feeling of hunger, thus respecting the intention of completing the fasting day provided for in purifying actions and in the most drastic diets.
It is also recognized with emollient, refreshing and energizing powers, and for this reason it is used in natural medicine in adjuvant treatments in case of gastritis, intestinal indisposition and spastic colitis.
As mentioned, it is a precious purifying agent rich in energy power, which makes it excellent for a detoxifying treatment to be done for a day without adding any other food except two liters of water in which to dissolve four tablespoons of maple syrup . The body will fully take on all the active ingredients contained in the maple sap for a feeling of deflating and useful cleaning that are well worth the sacrifice made. If it is taken pure or poured over some foods, it can also become a tonic and supplement for cases of inappetence and for all those who spend a lot of energy on a mental level as it helps to carry out a preventive action against headache, lack of memory and side effects at the same.
The slimming action of maple juice is undoubtedly linked to its purifying function of excess fluids, counteracting water retention and unwanted fat deposits. Associated with an adequate food program, it reduces swelling and the unsightly effects of cellulite.
HOW AND WHY TO USE IT
Maple syrup is a source of nutrients such as vitamin B1 and other minerals that are important for maintaining health and the regular performance of metabolic functions. The amount of magnesium, potassium and other antioxidants contained in it are a defense against cellular aging, the main cause of diseases such as arteriosclerosis. It can be taken as a drink once a day. The preparation is very simple; just put the filtered juice of half a lemon, a glass of water, a tablespoon of maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon in a blender, mix and the mixture will be served soon. To thank you will be the blood vessels which, when the circulation is reactivated, will be induced to intensify the thermogenesis of fats. Among the types of maple syrup, the organic one belonging to categories B or C would be preferable, less common to be found but richer in active ingredients, to ensure the benefits of regenerating substances.
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