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Maple Syrup Diet and The Lemonade Diet

Rich Maple Syrup is our primary source of energy while on The Lemonade Diet, but it isn’t only chosen to give us energy.

Usually the first thing I hear from people with whom I am talking to about The Master Cleanse is: “That can’t be healthy. You have to eat! Where will you get your energy from?”

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Every first-grader knows we eat to get energy. But what most non-cleansers don’t immediately understand is that you don’t need a cheeseburger and coke to keep you going. You can get it from any food source (some say you can even get it from the sun — google sungazing for a real mind trip).

And rich maple syrup (not the Aunt Jemima variety) happens to be a fantastic source of energy filled with vitamins and minerals.

What is Rich Maple Syrup?

Most first-graders also know that Maple Syrup comes from trees. I like to call it “Tree Blood”. This term seems to somehow qualify the idea of the true nutritional value of the Pure Maple Syrup. I use the term Rich Maple Syrup so there is an immediate pause in people’s minds before an imaging of Aunt Jemima is conjured up –which is an assumption most of make when we are learning about the maple syrup element of The Master Cleanse. Aunt Jemima is highly refined table sugar. It is completely devitalized.

Any other “imitation” syrup likely contains no Maple Syrup at all. Look at the label for clever allusions to Maple Syrup like: “Pancake Syrup”, “Waffle Syrup” or “Table Syrup”. These syrups usually contain no Maple Syrup at all, but are instead high fructose corn syrup or other highly refined white sugars which are, in my honest opinion, the leading cause of disease in modern society.

Labelling Laws prohibit these syrups from having the word “Maple” in their names, but they will still associate themselves with the source they imitate buy using related images like pancakes and waffles.

An interesting note I picked up from Wikipedia: “French Canadians sometimes refer to imitation maple syrup as sirop de poteau (“pole syrup”), a joke referring to the syrup as having been made by tapping telephone poles.

Why Rich Maple Syrup for The Master Cleanse?

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Maple Syrup was chosen by Stanley Burroughs for specific reasons (as was every other ingredient — Fresh Lemon Juice, Cayenne Pepper and Pure Water).

It was chosen because it is a very high quality, concentrated source of energy when consumed in its purest state (as close to right-from-the-tree as possible) and is packed full of nutrients, minerals and vitamins.

The amount and variety of nutrients in the Maple Syrup depends on where it is from and the soil conditions of that location. The tree takes up nutrients from the earth and they “become” the tree. This is just one of life’s little miracles that we take for granted, and food for thought when we are considering the choices available to us with the syrups we buy. Somehow we forget that there are “green” choices; natural choices straight from Mother Earth.

Nutritional value of Maple Syrup

There are almost too many nutrients, vitamins and minerals to list. Here is a list from Wikipedia:

Maple syrup consists primarily of sucrose and water, with small amounts of other sugars such as fructose and glucose. Organic acids, the most notable one being malic acid, make the syrup slightly acidic. Maple syrup has a relatively low mineral content which consists largely of potassium and calcium, but maple syrup also contains nutritionally significant amounts of zinc and manganese. Maple syrup contains trace amounts of amino acids, which may contribute to the “buddy” flavour of syrup produced late in the season, as the amino acid content of sap increases at this time. Additionally, maple syrup contains a wide variety of volatile organic compounds, including vanillin, hydroxybutanone, and propionaldehyde.

Maple Syrup for Energy

1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup provides about 55 calories. Since we aim to average 8 glasses of Lemonade each day, we will consume 880 calories each day alone from Maple Syrup (8 glasses x 2 Tablespoons x 55 calories). There are 4 calories in each Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice. That provides a daily calorie intake of 944 calories

Different Grades of Maple Syrup

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.

So Which Grade of Maple Syrup is right for The Master Cleanse?

The Darker the Maple Syrup the better. You CANNOT use imitation syrup. All natural forms of Maple Syrup are acceptable, but do your best to find the highest quality you can. Remember, the darker grades are D and #3.

These grades don’t directly refer to quality of the Maple Syrup, but the darker grades are collected later in the season (February – April) and so are said to have more nutrients on account of being a fresh product of the tree. 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.

Alternatives to Maple Syrup

Inevitably someone always asks what an acceptable substitute might be. I will list the most common ones of note, but let me be clear: RICH MAPLE SYRUP IS BEST :)

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  1. Sorghum Syrup – Stanley Approved, but please use Rich Maple Syrup
  2. Sugar Cane – Stanley Approved, but please use Rich Maple Syrup
  3. Blackstrap Molasses – An alternative For Diabetics. See Stanley Burroughs‘ book for more details
  4. The newest addition to this list : Coconut Nectar – 100 % raw, vegan, low glycemic, low fructose, very nutritious as well as has neutral PH.

  Inappropriate alternatives for the Maple Syrup

  1. Maple Flavoured Table Syrup: Yes, “Aunt Jemima” I am talking about you. This is flavoured corn syrup and is NOT the same at all lacking all nutrients and worse.
  2. Artificial Sweeteners (Spenda, Equal, Aspartame) – Contains no calories, you will be starving yourself and adding artificial toxins, counter productive to a detox.
  3. Stevia – Contains no calories, so you will be starving yourself
  4. Agave nectar – very controversial these days and in some cases made of inulin and processed to fructose and half-sugar which is a devitalized. High glycemic sugar.
  5. Honey – A Pre-digested food that is disdained by Stanley Burroughs.

The Maple Syrup Diet or The Master Cleanse

People sometimes refer to the Master Cleanse or the Lemonade Diet as the Maple Syrup Diet (or the Cayenne Pepper Diet, the Beyonce Diet, etc…) They are the same thing.

Made famous by Beyonce, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, the Master Cleanse is one of the hottest cleanses in Hollywood. Beyonce even used it to slim down for her movie ‘Dreamgirls’.

The 3 main ingredients often get switched around, but don’t be confused; they are all referring to The Master Cleanse.

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  2. JOY January 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Today is day 5 and so far it has been the hardest! In the morning had a terrible headache:( gladly its gone now…
    I’ve been using the grade b organic maple syrup, but just ran out and found a grade a dark amber organic maple syrup, would it it ok to use that??
    And also Im doing the salt water flush in the morning and that has been very hard. Today is was specially harder to keep it in , is there a trick to help this? I’ve been drinking two tb spoon with half cup of water then drink the rest of the water without any salt but it’s not helping…Maybe I should just hang in there another 5 days…?! Was wondering if I only use the laxative tea I’ll have the same results of the salt water flush?
    Other than that I’m feeling goo! and have lost 6 pounds already:)
    hopefully will keep it off

  3. chrystal October 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    do I have to add the syrup at all??

  4. amber October 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    I live in argentina where maple syrup isn’t available. I found molasses but don’t know if it’s black strap molasses. i did find sugar case syrup made here locally. is that my best option for a substitute?


    • Mike Olaski October 22, 2013 at 2:57 am #

      If it’s thick and dark it’s probably blackstrap. Google how to tell the difference. Argentina might have coconut syrup. Sugar “cane” syrup is a not bad alternative. You can always order from, just plan a few weeks in advance.

  5. James September 4, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    It’s becoming quite complicated for me to purchase maple syrup here in Mexico, as there’s a limited quantity that can be imported. I can however buy agave syrup organically (I personally know the farmers, their fields and methods of harvest as I’m a tequila and mezcal purchaser that lives here in Mexico) My question is that if I can be sure that I am putting 100% organic syrup into my body, and not adding any other toxins, is it ok to make this switch?

    Appreciate any help you can give.

    • Mike Olaski September 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Find or make Coconut Sap/Sugar. Agave is a bad option.

  6. carly August 11, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    Is high test molasses ok? Cannot find blackstrap.

  7. Raquel May 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    I have 100 % pure maple syrup heritage yamaska, is this ok?
    Best regards

    • Mike Olaski May 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Yep, any real maple syrup is fine. The darker the better, but as long as it only has 1 ingredient. Maple syrup.

  8. Veronica April 6, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    I am on my 6th day of the Master Cleanse and I felt nauseated and regurgitated. Years ago I could do the Mastere Cleanse with no problem. But I have found ove the past few years I can only get to day 7 and that’s when the nauseau begins. Still feeling queezy. so I am doing the Ease out process. Any suggestions or feedback. Have you heard of other people having this problem? I feel great other than that just want an alternate fast to finish my goal. Only 4 days left.

  9. Daniel March 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Lemonade Diet Day 1:

    Is it okay to put the maple syrup in the fridge as the label states to after opening?

  10. leslie phinney January 13, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    i cannot get maple syrup where i live in the yucatan state of mexico and see that agave is not a viable alternative nor is honey? does anyone have any suggestions as to a substitute for the maple syrup?

    • Mike Olaski January 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Coconut Sap, Nectar or Syrup is good, but also sometimes hard to find. Molasses is also good.

    • James September 4, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      It’s becoming quite complicated for me to purchase maple syrup here in Mexico, as there’s a limited quantity that can be imported. I can however buy agave syrup organically (I personally know the farmers, their fields and methods of harvest as I’m a tequila and mezcal purchaser that lives here in Mexico) My question is that if I can be sure that I am putting 100% organic syrup into my body, and not adding any other toxins, is it ok to make this switch?

      Appreciate any help you can give.

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