24 February 2022
Low calorie maple syrup is made by mixing the no calorie, artificial sweetener sucralose, with pure maple syrup. This process makes the syrup lower in calories and sugar content.
It is true that maple syrup contains more minerals and antioxidants than other sweeteners, but this does not mean it is a healthy food. It still contains many calories and carbohydrates, and should be consumed in moderation.
If you are looking for a lower calorie choice for your pancakes, waffles or french toast, there are better choices than low calorie maple syrup. For example, if you use whole grain breads and whole grain pancake mixes, you will use less syrup because whole grains have fiber and protein that reduce the need to add sugary toppings. Whether you want to reduce your calorie intake, lose weight or simply live a healthier lifestyle, using low-calorie maple syrup can be an effective way to control your calorie consumption.
Maple syrup has a rich, sweet flavor and is a common ingredient in cooking and baking. As with any other type of syrup, there are different varieties available. Some have more calories than others. The difference between the lowest and highest calorie syrups is as much as 300 calories per serving.There's a maple-flavored syrup on the market that's low in calories and very popular in France. It's called "Monin Maple Spice" and it actually has no maple in it at all. It consists of water, fructose, xanthan gum, caramel color, citric acid and natural flavors.
The company lists its ingredients as "pure cane sugar, water and natural flavors." This is misleading because "natural" can refer to anything from maple sugar to maple flavor extract to artificial maple flavor. The label also doesn't state the percentage of these ingredients, so you don't know how much actual pure cane sugar is in there.
(By the way: A typical serving of pure maple syrup contains 52 calories.)
The FDA allows companies to make health claims about products with no or low caloric sweetener if they have been approved by the FDA for use as a food additive (see 21 CFR Part 101). If a product contains an ingredient that has been approved by the FDA for use as a food additive, it can be labeled "no added sugar," "sugar free," or "no added preservative" (see 21 CFR 101.60).
There are at least three ways to "lighten up" maple syrup:
1. Reduce maple syrup's sugar content by diluting it with water or some other beverage syrup. (We do this in our home, and you'd be surprised how far 1/2 cup of real maple syrup goes when you dilute it by half.)
2. Substitute artificial sweeteners (like Splenda) for some or all of the granulated sugar in a recipe that calls for maple sugar, then reduce added liquid (like milk) to compensate for the added volume of the artificial sweetener.
3. Use pure maple syrup as a sweetener in recipes that don't require any additional liquid (such as baked goods) because it is not a 1:1 replacement for table sugar, so requires adjustments to the total amount of liquids and baking soda.