The Sweet Days of Summer: How Natural Sweeteners Can Boost Your Health

As August comes to a close and September begins, we are truly in the sweetest days of the year. The kids of Fairmont are headed back to school, the days are still warm and green remains everywhere. Fairmont Market is on the cusp of corn harvesting season and we are excited to see what the fall will bring. Two products we have been loving lately are Suddabee’s Honey and Young’s Sugar Shack Maple Syrup. Did you know that these natural sweeteners are beneficial for you and your family’s health? In this post, we will be highlighting all of the wonderful benefits of consuming honey and maple syrup (especially local, as ours are).



The Fairmont kids are ready to go to school!


Let’s start with honey. One of the major health benefits of honey is that it is rich in antioxidants, loaded with flavonoids and phenolic acids. These antioxidants help to neutralize reactive oxygen species in your body, which translates to stopping premature aging, heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes development. Another benefit is that honey contains minerals, including zinc, magnesium, calcium and riboflavin. Talk about a superfood! It is possible that eating honey made in an area near you (local!) can lessen allergy symptoms. This is because the pollen that went into making the honey is still present in trace amounts, thus exposing your body to these allergens without a noticeable reaction. Local Sudabee’s honey can be purchased at this link: https://www.fairmontfarminc.com/product-page/suddabee-s-honey.



As for maple syrup, it has been shown to improve digestion when used as an alternative to refined sugar in baked goods, yogurt, coffee (try it!) and other recipes. This is because eating a lot of refined sugar can contribute to poor gut health, and artificial sweetener consumption can lead to gas and bloating. In contrast, maple syrup has natural sugars that help maintain stable blood sugar levels, ensuring these symptoms do not happen when you enjoy a muffin or parfait sweetened with maple. Much like honey, maple syrup has some wonderful minerals in it, as zinc and manganese are present in relatively high amounts. Zinc helps to keep the body’s white blood cell count high, thus fighting illnesses. This is a must as kids head back into school and the cold season begins! Order some maple syrup of your own at this link: https://www.fairmontfarminc.com/product-page/maple-syrup


To conclude, maple syrup, as well as honey, have been shown to be positive additions to your daily eating habits. They add a rich, sweet flavor to any food, while boosting your health. Come into the Market or order some today!


Sources:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324997#antibacterial

https://mainemapleproducers.com/nutrition-the-9-health-benefits-of-maple-syrup/



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