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Is apple syrup healthy or not?

  1. Apple syrup is frequently used in all kinds of lists of healthy spreads. Not surprising, because apples are of course very healthy - then that syrup will be too, right? Unfortunately, loyal readers of this blog will know that the truth is often a bit more complicated. For example, apple juice and other fruit juices cannot really be called a very healthy choice…

  2. Apple syrup is frequently found in all kinds of lists of healthy spreads. Not surprising, because apples are of course very healthy - then that syrup will be too, right? Unfortunately, loyal readers of this blog will know that the truth is often a bit more complicated. For example, apple juice and other fruit juices cannot really be called a very healthy choice…

  1. So what about apple syrup? What exactly does it contain, and what nutritional values ​​does that provide? Is it really such a great supplier of iron? You can read all the answers in today's blog!

Not just apple!

  1. A first point that many people forget is that apple syrup often does not only consist of apple. That would be a relatively expensive affair for manufacturers. For that reason, they choose to replace part of the apple with sugar beet. Exactly what the ratio looks like differs a bit per manufacturer.

  2. A first point that many people forget is that apple syrup often does not consist only of apple. That would be a relatively expensive affair for manufacturers. For that reason, they choose to replace part of the apple with sugar beet. Exactly what the ratio looks like differs a bit per manufacturer.

  1. A small number of brands, such as Crombach, really only use apple; in that case, 700 grams of apples are needed for every 100 grams of syrup. On average, however, apple syrup contains only 180 grams of apple per 100 grams of syrup. The rest - no less than 70% of the product! â € “consists of concentrated sugar beet. So always read the ingredients carefully to check if you are really eating apple.

  2. A small number of brands, such as Crombach, really only use apple; in that case 700 grams of apples are needed for every 100 grams of syrup. On average, however, apple syrup contains only 180 grams of apple per 100 grams of syrup. The rest - no less than 70% of the product! â € “consists of concentrated sugar beet. So always read the ingredients carefully to check if you are really eating apple.

Vitamins and minerals

  1. The nutritional value of apple syrup also depends a bit on the type you buy. Apples and sugar beets do not contain the same vitamins and minerals. However, it makes little difference to the macros.

  2. The nutritional value of apple syrup also depends a bit on the variety you buy. Apples and sugar beets do not contain the same vitamins and minerals. However, it makes little difference to the macros.

  1. Apple syrup - whether you buy a brand with pure or apples or with added sugar beet - consists almost entirely of carbohydrates. The amount of fiber is a bit disappointing and varies per species, about 3 to 5 mg per 100 grams, which means that they are fairly fast carbohydrates.

  2. Apple syrup - whether you buy a brand with pure or apples or with added sugar beet - consists almost entirely of carbohydrates. The amount of fiber is a bit disappointing and varies by type, about 3 to 5 mg per 100 grams, which means that they are fairly fast carbohydrates.

  1. On average, apple syrup also contains mainly B vitamins: B1, B2 and B6. However, the minerals in particular contribute to the health value of the syrup. Apple syrup is of course known for its iron content, which we will talk about in more detail in a moment. In addition, it contains sodium and especially potassium, which is beneficial for your blood pressure. It also contains phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.

Sugar in apple syrup

  1. First let's go into more detail about those carbohydrates. This is where the amount of sugar beet in your apple syrup becomes interesting. The more sugar beet the syrup contains, the more carbohydrates it contains, of which a larger part consists of fast carbohydrates.

  2. Let's talk about those carbohydrates in more detail first. This is where the amount of sugar beet in your apple syrup becomes interesting. The more sugar beet the syrup contains, the more carbohydrates it contains, of which a larger part consists of fast carbohydrates.

  1. Just a quick repetition: carbohydrates in themselves are not unhealthy, but fast sugars do have disadvantages. That means that it is better to eat pure apple syrup if you still want to enjoy it! Combine it preferably with wholemeal bread with a lot of fiber, so that the absorption of the sugars is more gradual.

Apple syrup iron

  1. All right, then about that iron we mentioned earlier. When people call apple syrup healthy, it is often mainly because it contains so much iron. And it is absolutely true that the iron content is higher than that of many other products! 100 grams of apple syrup contains about 12 mg of iron. One sandwich already provides about 3 mg of iron (if you don't include the bread itself, of course).

  2. Okay, let's talk about the iron we mentioned earlier. When people call apple syrup healthy, it is often mainly because it contains so much iron. And it is absolutely true that the iron content is higher than that of many other products! 100 grams of apple syrup contains about 12 mg of iron. One sandwich already provides about 3 mg of iron (if you don't include the bread itself, of course).

  1. That's an impressive amount when you consider that the RDA is 9 mg for men and 15 mg for women. In comparison, 100 grams of steak only provides between 2 and 3 mg of iron. And that while meat is often seen as the other important iron source!

  1. The problem? This only applies to the apple syrup, which consists largely of sugar beet. The apples themselves naturally contain little iron. So do you take a brand like Crombach? Then you don't have to do it for the iron content! Â Another disadvantage of the iron in apple syrup is that this is vegetable iron. This is relatively more difficult for your body to absorb than animal iron.

Apple syrup healthy or not?

  1. All in all, we can answer our big question: is apple syrup healthy or not? So it depends a bit on which apple syrup you choose. When three-quarters of the product consists of sugar beet, we can hardly call it very responsible.

  2. All in all, we can answer our big question: is apple syrup healthy or not? So it depends a bit on which apple syrup you choose. When three quarters of the product consists of sugar beet, we can hardly call it very responsible.

  1. Apple syrup that really consists of (almost) only apple, is just a different story. It is relatively high in calories, so it is not advisable to eat mountains of it every day, but a little every now and then is fine. Especially if you combine it with other products that contain more fiber. Do you eat apple syrup because you want to get more iron? Then there are healthier iron-rich foods!



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