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    Nutrtion Maple syrup vs. Honey

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    I currently use honey as a flavor condiment for sweet potatoes during my post-workout carb refeeds. I've always preferred maple syrup on sweet potatoes, but chose honey because I thought it was nutritionally superior. After some recent reading, it looks like honey isn't necessarily superior. The biggest difference seems to be that honey has more vitamins, but maple syrup has more minerals. I was wondering which is more important. Or does it even matter considering the relative amount I'm eating compared to the rest of my food?

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    Given the amount that you're eating, the amount of vitamins or nutrients that you're comparing aren't significant enough to worry about. I wouldn't be looking towards syrup or honey for nutrients, considering that your diet is probably already full of veggies, fruit, and meat.

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    IMHO - doesn't matter. I have both. I just make sure to buy both locally made, and I can because I live in a part of the country that has the requisite climate and trees for maple syrup. And beehives are everywhere.

    I just looked at your location - sugaring shacks should be in your relative neighborhood, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathartes View Post
    Given the amount that you're eating, the amount of vitamins or nutrients that you're comparing aren't significant enough to worry about. I wouldn't be looking towards syrup or honey for nutrients, considering that your diet is probably already full of veggies, fruit, and meat.

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    Mix them both together and let me know how that tastes.

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    With honey or maple syrup it won't matter, but if you compare the two to blackstrap molasses there actually is a noticeable difference (molasses is very nutrient-dense). Still, as others have said worrying about the issue at all will make you a lot worse off than the minor nutritional differences of a condiment.

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    I use both, but not on potatoes/kumara. I would go with butter and himilayan salt instead as a savoury topping.

    Also, all honeys are not made equal. Some rubbishy honey even has the pollen removed (cough, china, cough), which makes it of extremely questionable value.
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    Molasses has both beat.


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    I like molasses too Knife, but it's a little intense for some people...

    For the best nutrition bang while indulging your sweet tooth with sweet potatoes... Dates are where it's at IMO.

    Just chop some and mash them in, or I understand you can get date sugar... which is just really, really dried dates that have been ground up to a sugar like consistency. Still a whole food, just dried and crushed up.

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    It's negligible. The question is, do you want to be getting a little bit of nutrition through consuming a whole lot of sugar? Unless you're Derpamix, the answer is probably no.
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