What Is Organic Brown Rice Syrup?

Overview

Organic brown rice syrup is a healthy natural alternative to sugar and other refined sweeteners. It is produced from fermented brown rice. It is a good choice if you have a sweet tooth, but want to control your blood sugar levels. Organic syrup contains only natural ingredients, while commercial products may contain genetically modified enzymes. If you are concerned about piling on the pounds, organic brown rice syrup may help as part of a calorie controlled diet, as it is easily absorbed, helping to prevent fat accumulation.

Preparation

Organic brown rice syrup is made by fermenting the brown rice with enzymes to disintegrate the starch content of the grains. The ferment liquid is strained and cooking continues until the rice reaches a thick syrupy consistency. It is then filtered and bottled. No refined sweeteners are added to organic brown rice syrup; It contains active enzymes from sprouted barley. Non-organic syrup may be produced using GM enzymes, so it's important to read the label.

Taste

The syrup has a buttery, nutty delicate flavor and chewy texture. Baked foods made with brown rice sugar have a crisp texture. It is a good option if you are trying to wean yourself off refined sugar.

Uses

Brown rice syrup is very versatile. It can be used as a table sweetener, in the preparation of sauces or marmalades and for general cooing purposes. It is ideal for baking and is perfect for pies and crumbles.

Health Benefits

According to the Brown Rice Syrup website, the syrup is rich in rice protein and helps prevent fat accumulation, because the glucose is easily absorbed into the bloodstream, while the maltose and complex carbohydrates in the syrup take longer to digest, helping to prevent blood sugar spikes and maintain energy levels. A helping of brown rice syrup generally consists of 50 percent soluble complex carbohydrates, 45 percent maltose and 3 percent glucose. It is a good source of minerals, which derive from the whole grain rice and is a good source of potassium, magnesium and iron. Because it is made from brown rice, the syrup helps to control cholesterol levels and, therefore, may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Considerations

Brown rice syrup will keep for a year if stored in a cool dry place. When cooking, bear in mind that 1 cup of syrup can be substituted for 1 cup of sugar. Consistency can be altered by adding liquids.

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Based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Elizabeth Burns began writing professionally in 1988. She has worked as a feature writer for various Irish newspapers, including the "Irish News," "Belfast News Letter" and "Sunday Life." Burns is completing a Bachelor of Arts in English literature at the University of Ulster.

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