Maple Syrup Allergy

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Maple syrup is a natural, delicious and versatile sweetener.

However, if you are allergic to maple or allergic to maple syrup,  you may benefit from learning more about maple syrup, maple syrup allergy and alternative sweeteners. It is possible to have a food sensitivity or other intolerance to maple syrup as well.

(If you’re NOT allergic to Maple Syrup and want to learn more about it, check out this post about Maple Syrup Nutrition.)

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Maple Food Family

Maple is part of the Aceraceae Food Family (Reference: Oxford Biomedical Technologies). 

If you are allergic or sensitive to maple, you may be allergic or sensitive to maple sugar, raw maple  sap, maple water and maple syrup.  They are members of the same food family.

Maple Syrup Allergy

Maple syrup allergy is not common but can trigger common allergic reactions and symptoms of allergic reactions (1). 

Maple Tree Allergy & Tree Nut Allergies

Maple is not considered a tree nut (2).   

Maple Tree pollen may be an allergen (3) separately from having an allergy to maple syrup or related foods. 

Maple Tree pollen and Maple Syrup are not commonly associated with oral allergy syndrome (4).

However, raw maple sap may be a trigger in people with tree pollen allergies (5), especially as it has not been heated. Heating and cooking foods change the protein structures of allergens, and people with oral allergy syndrome may be able to tolerate cooked versions of foods that may otherwise cause an allergic reaction. 

It is possible to have an allergy to maple tree pollen and to tolerate Maple Syrup (6)

Of course, it is also possible to have a food sensitivity to maple syrup or other food intolerance to maple syrup. 

Help For Maple Syrup Allergy & Maple Syrup Sensitivity

In the case of known or suspected maple syrup, maple sap, maple tree pollen, tree nut allergy, oral allergy syndrome, it is recommended to work with an allergist to determine an accurate diagnosis. 

We recommend working with an Allergist, Registered Dietitian or Certified Leap Therapist to identify which foods are safest for you and which foods you should avoid.

Hidden Sources Of Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup is used as a sweetener in many food products. If you have a known or suspected allergy, sensitivity or intolerance to maple, extra caution with these foods is advised. 

  • Baked Goods
  • Cookies
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Maple Flavored Beverages
  • Maple Candy
  • Maple Flavored Alcoholic Beverages

Alternatives To Maple Syrup

If you can not tolerate maple syrup, consider the following alternatives: 

  • Agave Syrup
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Simple Syrup made from Cane Sugar
  • Date Syrup
  • Honey

Bottom Line

Choosing groceries when you have food allergies can be challenging. This is why we recommend choosing groceries made with a single ingredient and focusing on what you CAN eat, not just want you have to avoid. 

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  • Lisa Hugh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Leap Therapist. She has a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration. As a a Food Sensitivity Expert, her passion is helping people with complex medical and nutrition needs find food and groceries that are safe and enjoyable. Lisa enjoys helping clients in her private practice.

  • Kristen Rohrer has a doctorate degree in Health Sciences. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Licensed Dietitian and Physician Assistant. Her specialties are pediatric nutrition, women's health, nutrition as preventative medicine.

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