According to the latest research (here) , maple syrup was proven to possess a great deal of unbelievably beneficial medicinal properties. Sweet does not have to mean bad for you. Maple syrup was found to contain 49 valuable components with 5 previously unknown natural substances. (You can find it here)
If you noticed, maple syrup is not cheap. I always think twice about buying it due to its price tag. The reason maple syrup is more expensive than other natural sweeteners, is that for the production of 1 liter of syrup you need about 35 to 40 liters of maple juice. Since juice is a perishable product, maple syrup is prepared immediately after the fresh juice is collected. It’s done in special evaporators and heated for many hours. Cooking time for maple syrup is very important because if you boil it for too long, it will start to caramelize and darken.