Facebook Twitter LinkedIn RSS Feed

See an unfamiliar ingredient

Soup Can Ingredients

Search the Be Food Smart database


Enter food additive or ingredient name

Select and eat smarter food

Brown Rice Syrup

Alternate Names

Rice Syrup, Organic Brown Rice Syrup


A sweetener made by fermenting brown rice with special enzyme mixer to break down the starches. It has a relatively low glycemic index due to high levels of maltotriose - a slowly digested simple sugar. It is only about 1/5 as sweet as table sugar.

Brown Rice Syrup - Quick Stats

Rice Syrup, Organic Brown Rice Syrup

Allergy Information





High Fructose Corn Syrup



Additional Information

Food manufacturers often use brown rice syrup in conjunction with stevia to mask off flavors. Used as an alternative to high fructose corn syrup. In February 2012, there were news reports of high levels of arsenic being found in products containing organic brown rice syrup. Of the two types of arsenic, organic and inorganic, inorganic arsenic (from arsenic-based pesticides) can be more problematic than organic arsenic when consumed and was found in elevated levels in organic brown rice syrup. See In the News Section below.

Found In

Rice milk, powdered baby formula, organic foods, cereal bars, energy bars, energy "shot" drinks, gluten-free foods, also sold as a stand-alone sweetener

Possible Health Effects

May cause blood sugar spikes in diabetics. If the brown rice syrup contains arsenic, may cause skin issues including skin color changes, corns, and warts. High levels of arsenic can cause death.

Allergy Information


In The News

February 16, 2012 - ABC News reports Organic Brown Rice Syrup: Hidden Arsenic Source.

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Researcher Comments

Due to the recent concerns with arsenic levels in foods, consumers should keep brown rice syrup consumption to a minimum until arsenic levels are mandated and tested by the FDA.

Online Resources/Related

Copyright February 18, 2012 Be Food Smart

Simply click one of the grades below to get a listing of all ingredients with that grade

A Grade B Grade C Grade D Grade F Grade G Grade

Google-Translate-English to French Google-Translate-English to Spanish Google-Translate-English to German Google-Translate-English to Italian
Follow BeFoodSmart on Twitter

Most Viewed

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Acesulfame Potassium
FD&C Red No.40
Sodium Benzoate
Xanthan Gum
Agar Agar
Guar Gum
FD&C Colors
Caramel Color
Sodium Nitrate
Cellulose Gum
Carnauba Wax