There are a lot of sweeteners on the market today. From stevia to maple syrup to agave, you have endless ways to sweeten your drinks or candy. Another fantastic and completely natural option is date syrup. It has a rich history, complex flavor notes, and a plethora of health benefits. Read on to learn more about how date syrup is made, what makes it so special, and even some info on why it’s a better choice than maple syrup.
What is date syrup?
Date syrup is made by heating the fruit in water, mixing and filtering the mixture, then reheating it to extract the remaining water. The end product almost looks like molasses. It’s dark, thicker than maple syrup but not as thin as honey, and tastes sweet without being too sweet. There is a hint of bitterness, but not enough to make the syrup taste unpleasant. Think molasses with a little more sugar and not as sticky.
This is history
the the story behind the dates and their syrup is just as wonderful as the sweetener. People have been eating dates for 6,000 years, especially in the Middle East and North Africa. Not only is the fruit (pun intended) thousands of years old, it is also important to several religions. In the Old Testament, Israel is called the “land of milk and honey”. However, researchers believe that the “honey” the book refers to is not bee honey but actually date honey (or date syrup).
Dates are also important in Islam since the Prophet Mohammad said they were fruits of paradise. Every night of Ramadan, Muslims around the world break their fast with a date. It’s a must-have for any iftar (breakfast).
Date syrup contains potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, all at higher levels than its cousins’ maple syrup and honey. Because it comes from a fruit and is minimally processed, it contains fiber that contributes to blood sugar. The glycemic index of sweeteners can be of concern to diabetics, but luckily for them, date syrup has a lower GI than other natural sweeteners. Vitamins A, B, C and D are also present in the molasses substance.
Not only is date syrup nutritious and delicious, it could also contain potentially life-saving properties.
Some potential antibacterial properties in sweeteners could help bacterial infections like Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Cardiff Metropolitan University student researcher Hajeb Taleb has identified that the fruit syrup contains phenolic compounds. These compounds are rich in antioxidants and have antibacterial activity. When Taleb mixed date syrup with various pathogenic bacteria in petri dishes, he found that the substance prevented the bacteria from growing in six hours.
“Although this work is currently in vitro, it suggests that date syrup may have health benefits through its antibacterial activities, similar to or, in some cases, better than honey,” said Taleb’s supervisor and food technology expert, Ara Kanekaniana in a Press release.
A little on maple syrup
Maple syrup is delicious, but it can also be expensive and, surprisingly, not very fuel efficient. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture in Canada has said that 1 gallon of maple syrup requires 2.7 to 3.4 gallons of fuel. This is due to the amount of water that must be removed from the syrup before it becomes palatable. The amount of machinery required to make this process efficient also uses a lot of fuel. However, there are more energy efficient options for producing maple syrup.
On the other hand, you can make delicious date syrup at home on your stove. It shouldn’t take more than 2 hours to simmer gently on a standard burner to reduce the date mixture. There’s no denying that maple syrup and date syrup don’t taste the same, but if you’re looking for an all-natural, eco-friendly sweetener for your coffee, pancakes, or favorite recipe, this is worth it. worth trying the date syrup.
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