Hi hopelessromantic68 !
Be sure to purchase only “pure” maple syrup. “Maple flavored syrup” consists primarily of sugar or corn syrup and usually contains artificial coloring and flavoring.
At one time, maple syrup producers routinely added a small amount of lard, an animal fat, during processing to minimize foaming. In recent years, this practice has been eliminated by nearly all maple syrup companies. Instead, a small quantity of vegetable oil is typically used. If you have a concern and want to verify how your maple syrup was made, contact the producer directly. You can also check the label for a “kosher” marking. Kosher maple syrup is not processed with lard.