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It is a refined sugar. If it was simply sap that was taken from the maple tree, it would be an unrefined sugar. But between the time it is collected and then put in the bottle, it's refined. IMO, I don't think it's all that great for a Primal diet, but to each his own.
Maple syrup is indeed produced from the sap of the maple tree. The trees store starch in their roots which is converted to sugar and rises with the sap. The sap is collected, the water is boiled off and the result is maple syrup. The predominant sugar in maple syrup is sucrose, and as another poster noted - maple syrup must contain 66% sugar to be considered maple syrup. Native americans were making syrup before white settlers arrived, but I'm not sure how 'primal' I would consider it. I guess you have to decide what your dietary goals are and go from there.