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ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF THE MAPLE SYRUP
The maple syrup has ancient origins, so much so that it was used by the Indians of Canada and the USA even before the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It was above all the Iroquois Indians who worked the maple sap, initially treating it to obtain crystals for use as a substitute for cane sugar. It was only later that the possibility of turning sap into a tasty syrup was discovered, obtained by boiling the sap of two species of maple: sugar maple and black maple.
Over the years, the consumption of maple syrup also spread among the English and French settlers, until it became a typical breakfast product in the United States and Canada.
After stevia and molasses, maple syrup is one of the least caloric sweeteners ever with less than 250 calories per 100 grams of product.
The production takes place mainly in Canadian sugarbush or sugarwoods, as well as in some areas of the United States, collecting the sap during the plant's quiescence period. It is precisely in the United States that the greatest quantity of maple syrup is consumed, especially in combination with the famous pancakes characteristic of the traditional American breakfast. However, over 80% of world maple syrup production comes from Canada, where this sugary liquid has become part of popular culture. It is not in fact rare for residents to visit the sugarshacks to taste the typical maple syrup dishes, such as maple taffee (a candy that is served on the top of a stick, just like a common lollipop) .
PROPERTY AND BENEFITS OF THE MAPLE SYRUP
Not everyone knows that maple syrup is not only a very tasty sweetener, but it is also rich in precious substances such as vitamins, potassium, magnesium and folic acid. Maple syrup is also a source of antioxidants that should not be underestimated, as recently reported in research results presented to the American Chemical Society. Rich in beneficial substances, this natural syrup is also capable of performing an important diuretic and slimming action, in addition to fighting constipation thanks to the substances it contains. Not only that, how many are aware of the antimutagenic and anti-cancer properties of this product? there are even 54 beneficial substances contained in maple syrup, including 5 just discovered like Quebecol. It is a phenolic compound whose formation occurs during the production process of the syrup itself.
The consumption of maple syrup is also useful to counteract aging and to rebalance the gastrointestinal system, especially in the case of constipation, colitis or gastritis. A natural method to combat annoying disorders without having to resort to the use of specific drugs with the related side effects.
Its use is also valid within the diet, thanks to its innate ability to drain excess fluids. Sedentary individuals or people whose lymphatic system has poor functioning will be able to benefit from the consumption of this widespread syrup, also counteracting the imperfections of cellulite. The substances contained in the syrup in fact act on fats, as well as on the abdominal swelling, reducing the very common "pancetta". Contrary to what is believed, the use of maple syrup is indicated above all to anyone who wants to lose a few extra kilos, perhaps accumulated after the excesses of the holidays.
The use of syrup is therefore also perfect for anyone on a diet, taking it as a drink consisting of a tablespoon of liquid dissolved in a glass of water, with a pinch of cinnamon and the juice of half a lemon. It will therefore be possible to obtain more than satisfactory results in terms of weight loss thanks to the precious help of this food.
The consumption of maple syrup is particularly indicated also for lovers of physical activity, using it before doing sport, possibly diluted with water. The syrup is in fact a rapid absorption of sugars and mineral salts.
Instead, it is not recommended for anyone suffering from diabetes due to the fair amount of sucrose it contains. Diabetics (whether suffering from type 1 or type 2 diabetes) will have to opt for different sweeteners, such as agave juice.
Mothers will have the opportunity to use maple syrup during the weaning of children. It is a better substance than refined sugar, which also has a pleasant taste, more useful than malt or molasses.
Maple syrup: TIPS
Overweight individuals can take advantage of the slimming action of maple syrup by following a simple diet at least a week each month. In particular:
• Monday, Wednesday and Friday: a jar of yogurt with a few oat flakes, three walnuts and a glass of the aforementioned drink containing maple syrup.
• Tuesday and Thursday: a mixture of mixed vegetables and a glass of maple syrup drink
• Saturday and Sunday: drink in the morning and in the afternoon
The consumption of this drink will also have an effective purifying and detoxifying effect, thanks to the intake of the active ingredients contained in the sap of the maple. In a short time it will be possible to notice a pleasant sensation of "deflation" and general cleanliness.