How Does Maple Sugar Compare to Cane Sugar?
When it comes to a head-to-head comparison, maple sugar runs circles around cane sugar. So much so, that researchers at the University of Rhode Island dubbed maple the “smart sweetener.”
Maple sugar is packed with antioxidants—cane sugar is not.
Antioxidants fight cell damage that can lead to chronic disease. Researchers at the University of Rhode Island found that maple contains as many as 54 different antioxidants! Due to the highly refined process of making cane sugar, it contains very few antioxidants.
Maple sugar contains important minerals—cane sugar does not.
Our bodies need a variety of minerals to function well, and maple sugar contains several of them. We’re talking iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Cane sugar’s highly refined process leaves no more than a trace amount of a couple of them.
Maple sugar is packed with bioactive plant compounds—cane sugar is not.
Plant compounds found in maple have beneficial effects against certain cancers, diabetes, bacterial illnesses, even some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Once again, because cane sugar is so highly refined, it contains little or none of these compounds.
Maple sugar’s glycemic index is lower than cane sugar.
Glycemic index is used to describe how quickly a food causes blood sugar to rise. The higher the number, the faster blood sugar will rise. Cane sugar clocks in at 68… maple sugar at 54.
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