Why I Buy Grade B Maple Syrup

Why I Buy Grade B Maple Syrup

 

Maple syrup.  It conjures feelings of warmth on a winter morning.   I bet you can almost taste the sweet syrup mixed with salty butter arranged artfully on a stack of pancakes.  *sigh* So.much.yum!

But if you’ve never tasted maple syrup–if you’ve only experienced the syrup of wooden  houses and the Mrs.–you’re missing out! If you’ve tasted maple-flavored syrup or even Grade A maple syrup, then you still haven’t had the best that syrup has to offer.

Do I sound a little too excited about syrup?  Yeah, maybe I am.  But let me tell you more about why Grade B maple syrup is the best syrup.

As I’ve mentioned in other posts about sweeteners, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup are unhealthy.  I don’t think that is news to anyone.  And, as I’ve written before, using natural sweeteners makes it easier to say good-bye to the refined stuff.  You already know why I buy coconut sugar and I buy Grade B maple syrup for many of the same reasons!

See, Grade B maple syrup is less processed than Grade A.  It contains less sugar and has a richer flavor, because the sugar content has dropped by that point in the season the minerals in the maple syrup are more concentrated.  You get more nutritional bang for your buck with Grade B maple syrup!

Here are a few more reasons that I buy Grade B maple syrup.

  • Maple syrup contains zinc, a necessary nutrient for reproductive health.
  • Maple syrup contains less sugar than honey.
  • Its deep flavor makes it the perfect sweetener for baked goods.
  • It tastes amazing in coffee!  I use less of it than I do of coconut sugar or sucanat and it adds a wonderful flavor.
  • It’s great in marinades.  Because it’s a liquid already it doesn’t need to be dissolved to create a smooth mixture.

Resources:

Where to buy Grade B Maple Syrup

What do the different grades of maple syrup mean?

Is maple syrup healthy?

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5 thoughts on “Why I Buy Grade B Maple Syrup

  1. Grade B Maple Sryup has a strong robust flavor. I like it very much, but to say Grade B is nutritionally better for you than Grade A is false. We produce Pure Maple Syrup in Michigan. I’m currently learning and educating myself on the health benefits of pure maple syrup.

    The ‘less sugar content’ that maple producers talk about in Grade B is from the sap. The less sugar in the sap the longer it takes to boil the sap to make maple syrup. So the end product still has the same sugar as Grade A, just a different color, cause it was boiled longer causing a darker color and stronger taste.

    There is no scientific evidence that Grade B has more nutritional value than Grade A. It’s only the flavor.

    Not trying to bust anybodies bubble. It’s just that I’m learning how uneducated and uninformed people are about pure maple syrup.

    Here is a link of from Cornell University you may enjoy reading!
    http://www.nnyagdev.org/maplefactsheets/CMB%20300%20Health%20Advantages%20of%20Grade%20B%20Syrup.pdf

    You’ll probably have to copy and paste to browser to read it.

    • Yes, the sugar contents of Grade A and Grade B are the same in the finished product. Grade B is a more concentrated syrup. It takes more raw Grade B syrup to produce a gallon of finished-product syrup. Raw Grade B syrup contains less sugar than the syrup used for making Grade A syrup.

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