We have chosen Maple syrup in very small quantities as a sweetener because, well, we are from New England and it is an all natural sweetener we can source right here in our own backyard. It is also lower glycemic than sugar with the glycemic index of maple syrup being around 54, compared to table sugar which has a glycemic index of around 65. Low glycemic is better for your body because your blood glucose doesn’t spike as high and returns to normal levels sooner. Lower blood sugar means your liver stores less sugar as fat, ultimately leading to a steadier, healthier metabolism. There are up to 24 known antioxidants present in maple syrup. The nutrients found in maple syrup include water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and sugars. Some of the minerals it contains are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and zinc. Vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and B6 are also found in maple syrup.