I’ve been researching lots of different sodas and ways to make sodas, and I’m interested in whether you can carbonate maple syrup.
I had a look if anyone has tried it and here’s what I found.
There are also some companies that make a maple soda made from maple sap – also called maple water, such as the brand Sap!
In this article, I will explain whether drinking maple syrup is bad, whether maple water is good for you, what SAP! soda is.
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Is It Bad To Drink Maple Syrup?
Maple syrup tastes pretty good, however, I can’t drink much of it because it’s so sweet.
But, I was wondering whether drinking maple syrup is bad. Here’s what I found.
There are, however, zero sugar maple syrups. And as the name implies they have zero sugar!
With zero sugar maple syrups, you don’t need to be concerned with consuming too much sugar if you drink or eat it.
But, drinking a little bit of maple syrup here and is largely fine regardless of how much sugar it has.
Aunt Jemima is one of the most popular brands of maple syrup.
It contains 53g of sugar per 3.4 oz (100 mL).
Which is equal to around half a cup of maple syrup.
The recommended daily sugar intake for males is around 37g of sugar per day.
And for females, it’s around 25g of sugar a day.
As you can see, half a cup of maple syrup will cause you to consume your daily sugar limit.
However, one of the other really popular maple syrup brands, Mrs Butterworth’s, has only around 10g of sugar per half-cup.
So, you could drink quite a bit of it, or use a tonne on your pancakes and still be within your daily sugar intake limit.
Therefore, whether it’s bad to drink maple syrup is dependent on how much sugar is in the specific maple syrup you’re considering drinking.
Is Maple Water Good for You?
Maple water is one of the ingredients in maple syrup, and is an interesting source of beneficial nutrients.
But, is it good for you?
Maple water is naturally low in sugar, and so you can drink more of it than you could with maple syrup and still maintain good health.
A registered nutritionist named Kelly Jones, looked at some studies about the health benefits of maple water and found that overall it was quite neutral.
And as part of a balanced diet, drinking maple water can be good for you.
What Is Sap! Drink?
There are various brands – mostly in Canada aye – that make a maple water soda or maple water flavored drink.
One of them is Sap!
Interestingly, Sap! has a big environmental focus, and is interested in sustainability.
They contribute 1% of the company’s profits to organizations and causes that safeguard forests.
Is Sap! Good for You?
Maple water contains beneficial nutrients and is one of the main ingredients in Sap! soda.
However, is Sap! good for you. I looked at the nutritional information for their sodas and here’s what I found.
However, at the end of the day, it depends on the level of these nutrients in YOUR body.
As far as I know, the only way to know whether these extra beneficial nutrients will impact your health is to get a blood panel done that will tell you what the levels of each area in your body.
And how they compare to healthy levels.
But, as long as you don’t drink it all day every day.
And only consume around 1 can of Sap! soda a day then you will stay within the recommended daily sugar intake for the day.
And it will also be balanced out by the other food and drink you consume.
Each of the different flavors of Sap! soda has very different levels of each beneficial nutrient.
For example, Sap! Maple soda has 90% manganese.
Whereas, Sap! Cranberry-Goji Berry has only 60% manganese by comparison.
Therefore, the only way to know for sure is to find out what your current levels of each of the nutrients are in your body, to see whether it will be good for you overall.
Is sap a water?
Sap such as maple water extracted from the maple tree is an interesting liquid that’s typically sticky and yellow.
I wanted to know whether it’s a type of water, and what it is exactly.
Here’s what I found.
Certain maple species such as sugar maple have particularly sweet sap, and for that reason, their sap is extracted and used in various products.
However, when tree sap leaks from a tree it will go hard and sticky after some time and is virtually impossible to drink.
The sap collecting process involves drilling a hole in the tree and inserting a pipe where the sap can be collected.
On a side note, recent findings showed that drinking liquids such as coffee, tea, juice, and soda count towards your daily water intake.
For example, adults generally should consume 8 glasses of water.
For that reason, in my opinion, maple water is also equivalent to water because it’s also a soda.
Sap! is also the name of a soda. But, Sap! soda is not water, and is labeled as flavored sparkling water.
Sparkling water is another name for carbonated water, soda water, tonic water, club soda, or fizzy water.
There are very minor differences between each of the different carbonated waters.
For example, tonic water typically has added quinine, which was traditionally used as a remedy for malaria.
I wrote about this fact in an article about how tonic water compares to Coca Cola.
Read it here, Sugar in Tonic Water vs Coke
Where Can You Buy Sap! Soda?
Sap! soda was featured on the famous show Shark Tank in 2018, and as a result of the show, they reported their sales have increased.
But, where exactly can you buy it?
Because Sap! soda is made from maple water that comes from the owners tree plantations, there is a hard limit on how much they can Sap! soda they can supply.
Also at this stage, they have yet to become a household name. And therefore, it isn’t readily available at local convenience stores.
Typically a unique and less well known soda like Sap! Soda is also available from specialty soda websites.
But, surprisingly Sap! isn’t.
Does Sap! Soda Contain Caffeine?
I looked at the ingredients of each of their sodas and here’s what I found…
Caffeine naturally occurs in certain plants, and it’s extracted by boiling the plants in water.
The remaining liquid is boiled so that extra water evaporates to create a concentrated liquid that’s high in caffeine.
Well, that about sums up whether you can carbonate maple syrup, as well as, a bunch of interesting info about maple water, how it’s used, and Sap! soda.