Occasionally when you want to create a dessert or treat, it’s good to know the healthy sweetener options available to choose from. I have an assortment of alternative sweeteners in my cupboard handy for those times that I want to whip up a treat. Lundberg’s Brown Rice Syrup is good for granola bars, rice crispy treats, and easily substituted in recipes anywhere you would use corn syrup or honey.
Lightly sweet, amber-colored and smooth, with a slightly buttery flavor, Lundberg Sweet Dreams Brown Rice Syrup is a nutritive sweetener that is about half as sweet as sugar. This healthy sugar- free substitute is naturally processed from fermented brown rice. Where some sugar-free substitutes are overly sweet, this has a more mellow sweetness. To substitute sugar in a recipe, use 1 1/4 cup rice syrup for 1 cup sugar, using 1/4 cup less of another liquid needed in the recipe.
Brown Rice syrup isn’t like white refined table sugar, which causes your body to work harder to absorb the sucrose. It’s slower absorption of the sugars allows you to maintain your energy, helping to prevent the negative effects of sugar including fatigue, irritability and the desire for more sugar. It has a glycemic index of 25 (see http://www.fitsugar.com/Glycemic-Index-Where-Do-Sweeteners-Fall-3031565 ) compared to that of white sugar which is 64.
Brown rice syrup is still highly processed, and like other high-calorie sweeteners, it can contribute to weight gain if used in excess. One tablespoon has 50 calories and contains 12 g of carbohydrates.
You can find it at your local natural foods market, although larger chains like Walmart and Winco are carrying more natural and organic products on their shelves and you may be surprised to find it at those locations also… and there is always amazon.com. Once opened, store in a cool dry place.
For recipes using Brown Rice Syrup check out Lundberg Farms website @ www.lundberg.com.
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