Also called brown rice syrup or rice malt syrup, this sweetener has been making a name for itself as more and more people seek out products that are fructose free. Bite nutritionist Mikki Williden says excess amounts of fructose can lead to serious liver issues, fat deposits around the stomach and organs, and increased levels of very low density cholesterol (VLDL) – cholesterol which is strongly associated with heart disease. Fructose doesn’t allow our body to kick in its appetite regulating hormones, so it’s far easier to overeat if you have excess fructose.
How to you use it?
Substitute rice syrup for sugar, honey or other sweeteners in recipes. Mikki recommends using half the sugar requirements when making a recipe. If the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, try ½ cup of syrup.
We can recommend Chantal Organics Rice Syrup, from some supermarkets, speciality and health food stores.