The Maple Syrup Diet is really just The Lemonade Diet, or more commonly called The Master Cleanse. The term Maple Syrup Diet is also synonymous with The Cayenne Pepper Diet, The Beyonce Diet and various forms of these words with the word “Cleanse” in it.
The proper term is The Master Cleanse, or Lemonade Diet. But I have made the term The Master Cleanse to define the whole process, and the Lemonade Diet to describe the middle portion of the cleanse when you consume only the lemonade. There is an Ease-In and Ease-Out that bookend the lemonade diet, and a Salt Water Flush and Daily Detox Laxative that happen during the lemonade diet.
There are only 4 ingredients in the maple syrup diet so it’s not surprising that they get mixed up. They are as follows including the measurements for making the lemonade
Maple Syrup Diet Recipe
To do the Maple Syrup Diet, mix the following into a 8 oz glass of pure water
- 2 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice from one half of a Lemon
- 2 Tablespoons of Rich Maple Syrup
- 1/10 of a Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
- 1 – 2 cups of Pure Water (Alkaline Water is best, in my opinion)
It is a liquid monodiet (that is, one mixture only) designed to work with an complement your body’s own cleansing and detoxifying processes, and at the same time to nourish your body with the things it needs to function. It is not a true fast (one in which there is no nutrition), nor it is a means to starve the body in order to loose weight dangerously fast. The maple syrup diet is typically done for 10 days, but can be extended for weeks when desired.
Rich Maple Syrup is the primary source of energy while on “The Maple Syrup Diet”, although this nutrient dense natural sugar wasn’t only chosen to give us energy. Maple Syrup along with the following alternatives are the most beneficial sugars from their unprocessed states:
- Sorghum Syrup
- Sugar Cane
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Coconut Nectar
The Benefits of Maple Syrup in the Maple Syrup Diet
Just check out the list of nutrients from Wikipedia if you like, but I have also broken down the major players from 1 Cup of Maple Syrup:
- Calories: 840
- Potassium: 657mg
- Omega (6): 322mg
- Calcium: 216mg
- Carbs: 216g
- Magnesium: 45.1mg
- Sodium: 29mg
- Zinc: 13.4mg
- Manganese: 10.6mg
- Phosphorus: 6.4mg
- Iron: 3.9mg
That’s a lot of nutrients, and we haven’t even considered the other ingredients yet.
And just to confuse everyone, there are 3 different grading systems for the 3 main regions of production: Canada, The U.S. and Vermont. The numbers range #1 – #3, and letter range from AA to D. Regardless of the label, they all refer to the darkness or the color of the Maple Syrup (and the strength of flavour). AA is lightest. D is darkest. #1 is lightest. #3 is darkest.
The Darker the Maple Syrup the better. You can’t use table syrup flavoured with Maple. All natural forms of Maple Syrup are acceptable, but do your best to find the highest quality you can. The darker grades have more nutrients. The first harvest takes syrup out of the tree that was stored all winter. Later harvests are freshly produced from the nutrients in the soil. During the winter the stored syrup will lose minerals over time.
The Maple Syrup Diet or The Master Cleanse
The Maple Syrup Diet, regardless of what you call it is a truly amazing process. To learn more about it, makes sure you check out the home page of this website, dedicated to describing The Master Cleanse and Lemonade Diet. But also check out The Master Cleanse Roadmap, which will tell you all you need to know about the process.