CAN RICE SYRUP REPLACE INDUSTRIAL SUGAR?
Sweet, sweeter, industrial sugar. When our parents start complaining that the chocolate Easter bunny is way too sweet, it's for a simple reason. In the 1950s, per capita sugar consumption was around 28 kilos per year. Today, every person needs an average of 5-6 kilos more from the addict.
However, the trend has been declining again for a few years. People are generally eating more consciously and are looking for healthier alternatives. One alternative is rice syrup . The traditional sugar substitute from Japan is very similar in consistency and color to honey and agave syrup, tastes nutty-caramel and has a lower sweetening power.
Here you can find everything you need to know about rice syrup as an alternative to sugar:
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IS RICE SYRUP HEALTHY?
Unlike industrial sugar, rice syrup does not contain fructose, which is difficult to metabolize in large quantities and promotes overweight and obesity. Alongside glucose, fructose or fruit sugar is a component of industrial sugar and is contained in the vast majority of products on the confectionery shelf. Since rice syrup only contains the sugar glucose, it has an advantage over industrial sugar because: Overconsumption of fructose can lead to fatty liver.
Rice syrup has another advantage over industrial sugar in terms of nutrients. The processing of industrial sugar removes all nutrients, which is why it only contains so-called “empty calories” in contrast to sugar alternatives such as rice syrup.
As with so many things in life, the same applies, especially with sugary foods such as rice syrup: the amount makes the poison. At OMNI you will therefore find tips for less sugar in your everyday life .
FOR OUR OMNIBARS WE USE SUGAR-REDUCED RICE SYRUP AND THUS HAVE 70% LESS SUGAR WHILE BEING 100% PLANT BASED.
RICE SYRUP IN CASE OF FRUCTOSE INTOLERANCE?
Rice syrup does not contain fructose and is therefore suitable for people with fructose intolerance.
HOW MANY CALORIES IN RICE SYRUP?
Rice syrup contains about 300 calories per 100 grams and is therefore comparable to honey and agave syrup. Industrial sugar, on the other hand, has around 400 calories per 100 grams, making rice syrup a lower-calorie sugar alternative.
NUTRITIONAL VALUES OF RICE SYRUP
Rice syrup per 100 grams
PRODUCTION OF RICE SYRUP
First, rice is ground and the rice flour obtained is heated in water. An enzyme is then added to the mixture, for example using barley malt, which ensures that the rice starch breaks down. At the end, the solids are filtered out, leaving only the sticky syrup.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO RICE SYRUP?
Vegan rice syrup alternatives are agave syrup, maple syrup, apple syrup, birch sugar, date syrup, coconut blossom sugar and stevia.Non-vegans can also substitute honey for rice syrup.
RICE SYRUP OR AGAVE MONOCHROME?
- In contrast to rice syrup, agave syrup contains fructose and is therefore not suitable for people with fructose intolerance.
- Rice syrup is less sweet than agave syrup, but is metabolised quicker, which can be an advantage when doing sports, for example.
- Both sugar alternatives have similar calories (about 300).