Here is all you need to know about it!
Quick facts about Brown rice syrup
Brown rice syrup is a sugar derived from fermented cooked rice by treating it naturally with enzymes from sprouted barley. It is free from fructose. It has a low glycemic level, and will therefore not spike your blood sugar levels the same way as white suguar does. For an overview of brown rice malt syrup compared to the other natural sugars, and details about glycemic index (GI) check out the post “All you need to know about natural sugar”.
It has the same sweetness as sugar.
How to use
It is great for baking, and can be replaced by refined sugar 1:1. One cup refined sugar can be replaced with one cup brown rice syrup. As it brings moist to the baking, you might have to reduce some of the other wet ingredients. The brown rice syrup will give the baked goods a crispy texture.
Brown rice syrup has a low GI of 25 whereas white sugar (sucrose) has a GI of 64. It is completely fructose- free. Brown rice syrup contains 45% maltose, 50 % soluble carbohydrates and 3 % glucose. Nutritionwise the brown rice malt syrup is high in several minerals including magnesium and phosphor, and has a 7% protein content. It also has B- vitamins (niacin and vit. B-6) that are good for your hair, nails and mental health. Recent studies from 2012 enlightens that rice products and brown rice syrup may contain traces of Arsenic from the rice. Make sure you read the labels, and avoid over consumption.
Vegan and raw friendly agave syrup
If you are eating raw make sure to go for the pure organic brown rice syrup, and read the label as commercial derived black rice malt syrup is not raw.
Where to get it
If you can’t find it in your local health store, or you live on the countryside you can always get brown rice malt syrup online. Worldwide you can buy organic brown rice syrup at for example Vitacost (use the link https://www.vitacostrewards.com/jdHckjY to get 10 dollars of your order) or on Iherb (use code GOP133 to get 10 dollars of your first buy). In Norway you can buy organic brown rice syrup online from an ecological shop named Doce Vika that ships to all Norway or from Kinsarvik naturkost. My favorite brown rice syrup are Lundbergs organic brown rice syrup, but I tend to use others swell. This is mainly because Lundbergs are doing active research on how much traces there is of arsenic in the rice products, and publish their results.