Despite having some vitamins and antioxidants, maple syrup is also highly heavy in sugar. Comparing maple syrup to whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and unprocessed animal foods, it is a very poor supplier of nutrients calorie for calorie. Pure, high-quality maple syrup can likely produce a net improvement in health when substituted for refined sugar, but adding it to your diet will only make matters worse. Like coconut sugar, maple syrup is a less-bad kind of sugar. It cannot be categorically categorised as healthy.