Maple syrup is high in calories, but a little goes a long way and the nutritional value is worth the calories since it is used sparingly in my lifestyle of real food, Maple syrup is an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, with 2 tbs containing about 22% of the FDA Daily Value. Manganese is a trace mineral that helps form antioxidant defenses.
It is also a good source of zinc with 2 tbs containing 3.7% of the FDA Daily Value.
I choose Grade B over Grade A, the choice is simple. Grade B is a dark syrup with a deep, robust flavor. Grade A is milder so more is needed for flavor and doesn't hold up as well in cooking. So why Grade B maple syrup over honey...less calories (40 vs 60 per tsp) and a higher concentration of all those important minerals. Grade B is loved by foodies everywhere and is used in detox cleanses. Forget sugar it will kill you, age you, and make your life miserable. Switch to Grade B maple syrup and see the difference but only use a little it goes a long way.