Maple syrup, Source of minerals?
Minerals are important in our bodies, as a continued supply of them is needed for children to grow, for adults to maintain a healthy weight, for reproduction and they also play a part in metabolic processes. On average, maple syrup contains 35 and 21 mg/tbsp of potassium and calcium respectively. The syrup also contains traces of iron, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium. The following table shows the percentage of our daily mineral and vitamin requirements that 60ml of maple syrup can provide. Maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese. The manganese acts as a co-factor of several enzymes which facilitate a dozen different metabolic processes. It is also involved in protection against the damage caused by free radicals. Manganese may be a small mineral, but it bestows considerable health benefits! Indeed, manganese facilitates absorption of carbohydrates and protein in food. It also contributes to solidity and health of bones. Experts recommend that manganese is ingested as part of your normal diet rather than in supplements. A single teaspoon of maple syrup provides 15% of the recommended daily dose of this important nutritive element. Zinc. Maple syrup is a source of zinc. Zinc is involved in immune responses, the fabrication of genetic material, the sense of taste, scarring and foetal development. Zinc also interacts with sex and thyroid hormones as well as insulin.