Is Grade B maple syrup good for you?
Studies indicate that maple syrup is a decent source of antioxidants. One study found 24 different antioxidants in maple syrup (7). Darker syrups like Grade B supply more of these beneficial antioxidants than lighter ones ( 8 ). However, the total antioxidant content is still low compared to the large amounts of sugar.
Is Grade A dark maple syrup the same as grade B?
Corresponding to color, the darker the syrup is, the stronger its flavor. The State of Vermont distinguishes four maple syrup grades. From light to dark they are: Fancy, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, and Grade B. It is important to understand that ALL maple syrup is produced by exactly the same process.
Does Grade B maple syrup still exist?
Remember, the new maple syrup grades only apply to pure maple syrup, not imitation breakfast syrups or other fake products. While “Grade B” no longer exists (it is replaced with Grade A Dark Color, Robust Flavor), there are still two primary grades of 100% real maple syrup with clear and helpful descriptors.