Brown Rice Syrup: A Gentle Sugar Alternative

Just because a Sugar Addict needs to avoid fructose does not mean that all "sweet" foods are off limits!  

This weekend I've been experimenting with Brown Rice Syrup as a gentle sweetener.

One recipe I tried — and loved! — is this Black Bean and Quinoa Salad.

Brown rice syrup is made by treating cooked brown rice with enzymes that break down starches.  It has a low Glycemic Index (reported to be about 25), which means it is digested slowly and doesn't create extreme blood sugar crashes.

You can substitute rice syrup in place of sugar, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup or molasses. To substitute for sugar, use 1¼ cup rice syrup for one cup sugar, using ¼ cup less of another liquid in the recipe.

I buy it at Whole Foods, or you can order it on-line here.

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