When it comes to the subject of maple syrup, there are two words that Dave Ackert would prefer not to hear: Aunt Jemima.
"Aunt Jemima has no maple in it whatsoever," stated Ackert, founder and CEO of Sandy Hook-based Maple Craft Foods. "It has a lot of highly processed high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors and colors. Maple syrup comes out of a tree and with it comes 54 different oxidants and minerals. It has more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk. There are compounds in there that are found the fend off Alzheimer's disease, and it only has two-thirds of the sucrose that processed sugars have."