Early settlers in the Southeastern part of the US and Canada learned about sugar maples from American Indians but there are different theories which explain the initial discovery. One version goes that a leader of one of the tribes thew his tomahawk at a maple tree and the juice spilled out. Another legend goes that the Indians encountered a liquid spilling from a broken branch.
Maple syrup contains exceptionally healthy components, which are highly beneficial to the body. It is extracted directly from the plant, has a natural sweetener and over 54 antioxidants, which prevent against and slow down the development of various diseases (malignant ones, diabetes and others). Further, it contain high levels of zinc and manganese, which maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and stimulate immune defense.
Pure maple syrup comes from maple trees and besides having a better taste than sweeteners, it is also healthier. It is procured by making a hole in the trunk, through which the juice drips into a bucket or directly into a reservoir using special pipes.
9 gal - 13 gal of maple juice are needed to make 4 1/5 cups maple syrup, depending on the sugar content. According to a study done by the Canadian Nutrition Society, it turns out that the nutritional value of maple syrup exceeds that of sugar, honey and that there are only 50 calories in 1 tablespoon.
The manganese in the composition of maple syrup plays an important role in energy production and the boosting of immune defenses. It is also needed for the correct functioning of the nervous system and brain, with 1/4 cup of maple syrup being enough to provide the required daily amount of manganese.
It also contains riboflavin, which aids metabolism. Maple syrup contains zinc as well, which is needed for a healthy immune system, and the contained magnesium, calcium and potassium in it decrease the risk of increased artery pressure and the occurrence of stroke.