created in the sprouting process. It
has a rich, mellow sweet flavor that’s
half as sweet as refined sugar and has
a consistency and flavor similar to
that of molasses. It is a nondiastatic
sweetener ideal for baking. The
sugar profile of organic barley malt
syrup is approximately 76 percent
maltose, 15 percent glucose, 6 percent sucrose, 2 percent fructose and
the remainder is lactose. If a lighter,
sweeter flavor is desired, barley malt
syrup can be combined with other
grain sweeteners or maple syrup. As
with rice and sweet sorghum, add a
third more sprouted barley malt to
substitute for sugar.
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Molasses, the byproduct of cane
sugar, is one of those foods that our
grandmothers and their mothers
loved—not necessarily for its flavor,
but for its nutritional benefits. Molasses syrup can be substituted one
for one with sugar. Molasses has an estimated GI of 55 and has a high
concentration of iron, potassium, calcium and B vitamins thiamin
(B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), B6 and folate (B9), plus traces of
chromium, zinc and copper. Molasses is available in fair trade.
A Sweet Future
Continued strong demand for organic and nutritionally sound
processed foods will support the reformulation of certain processed
foods to ensure consumers’ health expectations are met. When designing or redesigning organic processed foods, formulators will need to
understand the market preference for the type, quantity and quality of
sweeteners their products should target. Fortunately, the organic
sweetener toolbox is growing and formulators have numerous ingredients to choose from—many of which have a low glycemic index
and/or added nutrients. o
Mary Rait is a freelance food scientist who provides consulting services to food and beverage companies on product and formulation
development, product and nutrition labeling, technical research and
communication, and process and product documentation. She has
two decades’ experience working with a variety of products, including bakery, fruit and fruit preserves, sauces, syrups and beverages.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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