Organic Brown Rice Syrup: Our Sweetener of ChoiceIt’s gooey. It’s sticky. It’s sweet. It’s yummy. It’s… organic brown rice syrup. After extensive research that’s what we settled on to sweeten our energy bars at GoMacro. Our brown rice syrup is made from USDA organic brown rice cultured with gluten-free koji enzymes to break down the starches instead of the typically used barley, which isn't gluten-free. A slow, enzymatic process converts the carbs, proteins and fats of the brown rice into sugars and amino acids. After getting pressed and filtered, the resulting syrup retains nutrient dense B vitamins and minerals found in brown rice.
Brown rice syrup is fructose freeHere’s the best news: brown rice syrup is 100% fructose free. Fructose, which is found in many sweeteners, is a fast releasing sugar, which tends to cause insulin to spike. Brown rice sugar is a polysaccharide or a complex sugar, so it dissolves more easily in the bloodstream preventing an accumulation of fat. The complex carbohydrates and nutrients in brown rice syrup mean a longer digestion time and a longer lasting flow of energy. This may help control blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol.
The truth about arsenicCertified organic may mean that no pesticides were used, but even when a plant or crop is grown organically, there may still be traces of toxins in the soil and water which end up being detectable in the food source. Because rice is the only grain that literally grows in water, it pulls up more arsenic from the water than other grains. Arsenic leaches into water from agricultural soil where it’s been used as a pesticide. The secret to eating brown rice or brown rice syrup with a low arsenic level is sourcing it from the cleanest locations. For instance, the southern regions of the United States have very high contamination levels, whereas California, India, Thailand and Pakistan have fairly low levels.
Infant-safe brown rice syrupGoMacro uses infant-safe brown rice syrup from Suzanne’s Specialties, which imports their brown rice from Pakistan where arsenic levels are low. The brown rice syrup goes through a special process to remove the arsenic. An independent lab tests samples from every batch, guaranteeing that arsenic levels have been reduced to a minimum (under 5 parts per billion). The legal limit recommended by the FDA for arsenic in public drinking water is 10 ppb (parts per billion). A level considered safe for infants as well as adults. This is based on their recommended daily allowance of eight glasses of water per day. Compare this to typical health bars, which Dartmouth researchers found to have arsenic levels ranging from 23 to 128 ppb. So relax and enjoy a MacroBar, confident that we source all of our ingredients to provide you with a bar that’s as healthy as it is tasty.
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