Sugar alternatives: Rice Malt Syrup


So we are all on the search for the perfect sugar replacer…something to quench our taste buds with some sweetness.

Rice Syrup is a newish sweetener that is pretty great!

Its made by fermenting rice with enzymes to breakdown the starches which are then cultivated and cooked into a syrup.

Its mainly glucose and has no fructose sugar. 

The reason why this is important is fructose is the sugar that is metabolised differently to other sugars in the body. There has been a lot of research done into the issue of fructose overloading in the diet.

Rice malt syrup takes about 1.5 hours to digest in the body making it a reasonably slow release sugar.

I love it as you can use it like honey or as a substitute for table sugar in a recipe, ratio: 1 to 1. 

Its a great sweetener to have in the cupboards.

Be careful with your rice malt syrup as some prepared have shown arsenic to be found! So try and go for a reputable brand like Biona. You can get some from this great website.


Have you ever used rice syrup before? How did you find it…leave a comment below. 

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About the author:

Madeleine is a qualified nutritional health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, creative chef, vociferous blogger, fledgling presenter and self-professed yoga enthusiast. She is committed to helping her clients enliven the hottest, healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. Through her website and consultations, Madeleine helps reeducate her clients in the appreciation and effects of eating wholesome, organic produce. She helps them to work towards better relationships with their bodies, boosts confidence, injects energy and sculpts beautiful silhouettes. She has a particular interest in the growing rate of IBS, and is working towards ways of eliminating it in daily life. Madeleine’s recent clients are Millie Mackintosh (t.v star and model), Caggie Dunlop (t.v personality and celebrated music artist), and not forgetting the fantastic Rocky Elsom (Australian rugby hero!). Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.

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