Friday, January 27, 2012

What in the world is....Brown Rice Syrup?

Welcome back to "What in the world is?" where I try to demystify some of the ingredients you might stumble across when you find vegan recipes.

The first time I heard of brown rice syrup was when I read the list of ingredients of one of my favorite bar cookies, energy squares.

So what is it, anyway? I consulted for the answer:

"Brown Rice Syrups are one of the best alternatives to tame the roller coaster ride of your blood-sugar levels while continuing to pamper your sweet tooth. These are organic natural sweeteners produced by steeping brown rice with a special enzyme preparation. Following this method the broken whole grains or brown rice are converted into a smooth-flavored and pleasantly sweet liquid extract. Organic Brown Rice Syrups are quite healthy and mild with a buttery flavor and delicate sweetness, which makes it an ideal choice for baking and desserts.

The nutrition values and derived benefits of Brown Rice Syrups lay hidden in its main ingredient, the brown rice. Brown rice is simply white rice that still has the bran intact and thus becomes a much better source of fiber. Besides the fiber found in the brown rice, the bran contains nutrients like magnesium, manganese, and zinc. "

I usually have to pay about $5 a jar, but it's the sort of thing that lasts a while :)

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