Thursday, November 4, 2010

7 Reasons to Choose Grade B Maple Syrup

They say roses are red and violets are purple,
sugar is sweet and so is maple surple.

  1. If you really need any more reasons besides the fact that it's addictively delicious, here 6 are more:
  2. Grade B maple syrup is the most minimally processed of the maple syrups, making it more nutrient-dense.
  3. It contains trace minerals brought up from deep below the mineral-rich soil through the maple tree's roots, unlike harmful, refined sugars.
  4. Manganese is found in maple syrup which aids enzyme and antioxidant (adios, free radicals) absorption, and ups your energy levels.
  5. Zinc, also in maple syrup, supports immune systems, among many other things (this is a bullet-point post, folks.  We're not getting too in depth here).
  6. Maple syrup also contains calcium, and we have all heard of it's praises (aids metabolism, strengthens teeth and bones, helps regulate muscle and heart contractions...)
  7. Unlike grade A maple syrup, some believe it is safe to store grade B at room temperature, leaving more available space in your fridge (which is a big deal for me).
  8. (Yep, yer gettin' a bonus point.)  Are you trying to avoid corn syrup?  Then for heaven's sake, stop buying pancake and imitation syrup! That stuff really tans my hide.  When you can get a (in my outspokenly humble opinion) better-tasking, natural syrup, why on earth would you contaminate your pancakes with pretend, corn syrup-laden poo?  Yep, maple syrup is more expensive, but it's also more flavorful and you use waaaaaaay less than imitation syrup.  More concentrated, less use, lasts longer.  You can bet your bottom dollar on that one.


  1. Yay! I've seriously been thinking lately, "I really need to find out *why* grade B is better." And here-you-are-to-save-the-DAY! Maple syrup is my most favorite, most cherished, most caressed --- er, just my most favorite unrefined sweetener. I love incorporating it into my baked goods....yum. Thanks for your brilliance! Love!

  2. I was wondering the same thing. We have some grade A maple syrup and I thought surely it must be better than grade B, but didn't really know the difference. I stand corrected, thanks for the info :)

  3. I converted after my cousin married a boy from Vermont and they gave little bottles away as wedding favors. Never again will I buy the other junk!

  4. Sitting here in Seattle with my in-laws, eating pancakes and enjoying some pure maple syrup (albeit grade A) and discussing the benefits of pure vs. the fake junk stuff (blech). I told them about your article, and they asked for a summary as their "learn something new" for the day. Hurray, thanks for making it very easy for me to pass this informative and educational info along! :)

  5. Yeah it is true, most people assume that grade a is better somehow than grade b. Makes sense. But as you point out it isn't really true. They are different. If you want more maple flavor grade b can be really nice. even on pancakes!

  6. Where do you get your Grade B Maple Syrup from?

  7. duh - found that too


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