When you think of maple syrup, comfort is one of the most prominent associations. The most well-known use for this sweet, sticky, gooey goodness is served as the perfect accompaniment to a piping hot stack of fresh griddle cakes, getting trapped in the valleys of buttermilk waffles, or drizzled over a steaming bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter morning. Did you know that maple syrup does not have to be just a breakfast condiment? Chefs and celebrities have been touting this sticky sap tapped out of a maple tree as a key ingredient in main dishes, side dishes, desserts and—yes—even diet plans!
In recent celebrity news, stars like Beyonce have made their claim to slim fame attributable to delicious maple syrup. With a sweet concoction of maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and water, she and other celebrities have been making quick work of weight loss regimes. This maple diet potion is not a new miracle diet, but, rather, is being used as a part of a detox diet or fasting program. It is not intended for long-term use as a weight-loss solution and don’t forget to check with your doctor before starting any dieting program.
Perhaps more enticing than the weight-loss benefits of this delectable delight is maple syrup’s versatility when it is used in maple cooking. World renowned chefs like Daniel LaGarde, CEC and Executive Chef use it regularly in dishes. With origins in Quebec, the maple syrup mecca with 80% of the world’s syrup production, Chef LaGarde is known for incredible dishes that incorporate syrup as a key ingredient. Maple flake crusted chicken and maple marinated barbeque shrimp are just two of the many mouthwatering maple syrup delicacies prepared by this chef. Chef Kathleen Daelemans has even appeared on national television to sing the praises of maple syrup used as part of a healthy diet. She insists it’s a great way to flavor glazes for pan seared fish.
Chefs and celebrities alike are making a concerted effort to use alternative ingredients like maple syrup and maple sugar in innovative and interesting ways. It was even featured on an episode of Iron Chef titled “Battling Maple Syrup.” Now that you know about the new sweetener, maple syrup, start incorporating it as a health alternative to refined sugar in your dishes. The sooner you buy maple syrup, the sooner you can be on your way to flavorful, fulfilling cooking. Order some today. Get a jump start on gift giving and order one for family or friends, too!
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