Description: A liquid sweetener made from maple tree sap. Twice as sweet as white sugar. Conventional maple syrup is often processed with formaldehyde, so organic is critical. Maple syrup comes in different grades: Grade A light is the sweetest and mildest, followed by Grade A medium and Grade A dark. Grade B is preferable as it is the least refined, has an appealing robust flavor, and lower sucrose level.

What to look for: Organic, family farm produced.

Uses: Use 2/3 – 3/4 cup maple syrup to 1 cup sugar, and a pinch of baking soda. Use in all baked goods, especially great in pies, muffins, scones and cakes. Fabulous as a topping or blended into nut butter for a sweet treat.

Where to find: Health Food Store, online resources.

Avoid: Inorganic and Additives.