You might be asking... Why maple syrup? Why organic?
It's the same reason I'm always telling you to avoid any foods that are white. You know, white sugar, white salt, white flour.. you get the idea. Those foods are processed to the extreme. Their trace minerals and micronutrients are completely removed and a few of our government-regulated vitamins and/or minerals are added back.
Why? The food is ruined already! You've heard of the 'diseases of the rich'? Well, America is rich. And it's sick. The reason? Processed foods.
Taken from: www.whfoods.com :
100% maple syrup provides is an excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc! The trace mineral manganese is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses. Endothelial membranes low in zinc are much more prone to injury. Additionally, studies have found that in adults deficient in manganese, the other trace mineral amply supplied in maple syrup, the level of HDL (the "good" cholesterol) is decreased. Zinc and manganese are important allies in the immune system. Many types of immune cells appear to depend upon zinc for optimal function.
A 1/4 cup serving of maple syrup - which is a surprisingly large amount! - can vary from 150-200 calories (depending on the grade/darkness). So, enjoy without guilt!
A few quick serving ideas from www.whfoods.com :
Maple syrup, used in place of table sugar as a sweetener, gives tea and coffee a unique taste.
Pour some maple syrup on oatmeal topped with walnuts and raisins.
Add maple syrup and cinnamon to puréed cooked sweet potatoes.
Combine maple syrup with orange juice and tamari and use as a marinade for baked tofu or tempeh.
Spread peanut butter on a piece of whole wheat toast, top with sliced bananas and then drizzle maple syrup on top for a sweet, gooey treat.