The Pure Sweetness of Natural Sweeteners

From breads to yoghurt, sugar occupies the ingredient list of most food products we consume. While processed and refined sugars tend to be associated with an increased risk for diabetes and body acidity, natural sweeteners like maple syrup and raw honey offer numerous health benefits and delicious taste!

The Buzz on Honey

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Raw honey is packed with nutrients and antioxidant enzymes that can aid in muscle recovery and provide a vitamin boost to the body. This clean source of fuel offers a delicious taste and it has an ever-lasting shelf life! Raw honey can also be consumed before bedtime as a sleeping aid because it is packed with a compound called tryptophan, which enables relaxation and restful sleep.

In addition to the nutritional value of raw honey, other bee products like bee pollen and propolis are also packed with vitamins and can even be used as “medicine”!

Bee Pollen

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Are you an athlete? Bee pollen contains the energy necessary for bees to continue their physically demanding work, which means it’s extremely high in vitamins and protein!

In fact, bee pollen contains more protein per gram than any animal product and it contains nearly all nutrients required by the human body! Bee pollen is a great energy source for active individuals because it contains proteins that are easily absorbed by the human body. Bee pollen also contains Vitamin B, which has been proven to combat fatigue!

Propolis

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Propolis is created through the process of bees collecting plant resin. Widely referred to as “natures antibiotic”, propolis has anti-fungal, anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that present it as a natural “health booster”.

Propolis has natural sweetness that makes it a tasty “medicine” that can be used daily to maintain a strong immune system! Propolis can be formulated into a liquid and used as a natural throat spray.

To get your natural “beegan” collection, visit the Beekeeper's Natural website.

More Maple, Please!

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We love it on our waffles and pancakes, and our bodies love maple syrup too! Pure maple syrup is packed with plant proteins and nutrients including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6!

Maple syrup is 100% natural, contains no additives, and offers a low calorie count, which makes it a smart choice when you’re craving something sweet.

Ontario has a reputation for producing some of the best quality maple syrup in the world. Similarly, Ontario maple syrup producers are recognized for managing sugar bushes through sustainable, environmentally-conscious practices.

You’re probably most familiar with maple syrup as a companion to pancakes, but this sticky sweetener can come in many delicious forms!

Maple taffy on snow: the iconic sugar bush treat. Hot, high-density syrup is poured over fresh snow to create a gooey taffy delicacy.
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Hard sugar candy: perfect for long road trips or fall walks, these candys are made to provide a lasting sugar experience.
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Maple butter: this creamy, buttery spread is a delicious substitute for your toast’s traditional dressing of PB & J.
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Granulated sugar: a great replacement for traditional white sugar, granulated maple sugar is one of the healthiest of all sugar types!
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Soft sugar candy: this melt-in-your-mouth treat is the “maple-tastic” version of fudge.
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Not all maple syrup is created equal. To make sure you are getting the highest quality maple syrup, look for the Ontario Maple label.

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Visit www.ontariomaple.com for more information.