I've been a member for about 2 1/2 minutes and fell into a maple sugar discussion...but have since lost it. In what way is maple syrup more or less healthier that any other kind of sugar. Beside being sweet, what other redeaming characteristis does it have?
Let's see...redeeming characteristics of maple sugar......it's OH SO YUMMY! I have used it as a sweetener and much prefer it to regular sugar. I wish I knew more about it, but frankly, the taste is enough for me :) I hope you can find your discussion that you lost...frustrating when that happens.
Hi Sylvia, I am not really sure to the answer but what comes to my mind is that is is a more natural sugar, rather than a processed sugar....but like I said I am not sure. I use agave nectar alot (it is lower on the gylcimic index and comes from the agave plant and is quite sweet so you don't have use as much) and it is really good :). I am trying to stay away from as much processed type foods and for me white sugar and brown sugar are on that list.....hope you get a better answer :)...
Hi Sylvia -Maple sugar is the sap from a maple tree but it is boiled longer than maple syrup. So it has less water than the syrup (which has 4+g.). Instead of being 60% sugar like the syrup it is 90%. It is natural and the only processing I think is the boiling. Health benefits of maple syrup 2tsp. has 22% DV of manganese, it also has zinc. It's glycemic index is 54, white sugar being 100. So it's natural but high in calories. I'm like Cathy I use agave nectar which has a lower G.I. rating, good for my 3yr old.
Thank you Paige, Cathy and Andy...I'm sooooo new at this site; it's a miracle that I found your responses. I just bought Alicia's book (along with two of Michael Pollan's) and intend to change my way of eating...though it's healthy already, but kind of "hit and miss." Alician's book is beautiful and I ive decided to read it, cover to cover, and then head over to Whole Foods to stock up on the basics. That job in itself will probably be difficult...so many unusual products with so many weird names. Any suggestions of how to start at Whole Foods? I've just started my list with agave nector.
Hi Sylvia I was like you 'hit and miss'. My plan was to start out with 3 recipes and have the ingredients spill over from one recipe to the other. From Alicia's book I started with the Rustic pasta, since it has cabbage in it, I looked for another cabbage recipe (googled). Then I looked up another pasta recipe (mac'n cheese). I wasn't overwhelmed and had an obtainable goal. With 3 dinners planned it left me with 3 more days to plan the next. Good luck.