Maple syrup is a breakfast staple. Is it healthier than sugar?

Both sugar and maple syrup have about the same number of calories per tablespoon (around 60 calories).


Both are primarily composed of sugars. Maple syrup contains around 67% sucrose, while table sugar is 100% sucrose.

Sugar content

Maple syrup contains small amounts of minerals like manganese, calcium, potassium, and zinc, as well as some vitamins like B vitamins. Table sugar has none of these.

Minerals and vitamins

Maple syrup contains some antioxidants, while table sugar has none.


Maple syrup has a lower glycemic index (GI) than table sugar. This means it causes a slower rise in blood sugar levels.


Table sugar is highly processed. It undergoes several chemical processes to remove impurities and achieve its white color.

Maple syrup is a slightly more nutritious option than table sugar due to its mineral, vitamin, and antioxidant content. It also has a lower glycemic index.

Pure maple syrup is the healthiest option. Look for it labeled as Grade A or Grade B. Avoid processed maple syrups that may contain additives or artificial ingredients.

People with certain health conditions like diabetes or prediabetes may need to be more cautious with their sugar intake, regardless of the source.


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