What Can Be Used Instead Of Glucose Syrup?

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How To Substitute Corn Syrup

Photo by David Cicconi, food styling by Rhoda Boone Whenever I see a recipe that has corn syrup in it, I always flip the page. It's not that I am particularly against it. Corn syrup is not the same thing as the much-maligned high fructose corn syrup. While both are made from corn starch, corn syrup is 100% glucose while high fructose corn syrup has been processed to convert some of that glucose into fructose. Research has shown that there might be negative effects from consuming large amounts of fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup, but that research doesn't include regular corn syrup. So a spoonful of corn syrup in a recipe every now and then isn't any more harmful than a spoonful of sugar or another liquid sweetener. But because I rarely come across a recipe that calls for it, I just never bother to stock my kitchen with it. What can you use instead? First, it's important to understand why recipes call for corn syrup. It's an invert sugar, which means that it prevents sugar crystals from forming, This is important when making things like caramel or another candy because you want a smooth final product rather than something that is crystalized, lumpy, and grainy. When Continue reading >>

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  1. _Wifey_

    I have a huge family history of diabetes & had gestational diabetes with my son (born Apr 2010). Since then I've been on occasion checking my fasting BG at the recommendation of my doc. It started creeping up to the 110s which was my motivation to move to full time primal. I'm curious, for those of you that have had higher fasting BG, how long did it take to get to a normal/healthy range? I've been going full time for almost a month now (still working on moving slowly more often) & my BG is down to the low 100s, but I'd really like for it to be in the low 80s before we get pregnant again so that my OB/endocrinologist doesn't put me on insulin. Any tips would be appreciated as well!

  2. Analog6

    You may find it necessary to keep a count of your carbs - the lower the better for controlling blood sugar.

  3. gottaluvalab

    If I'm eating "right," the only thing that helps is long, slow exercise. About a one-hour walk, at any speed.
    I've been more off the wagon than on for a long, long time now, and my fasting glucose is up to horrid and down to bad, depending--so I shouldn't really talk--but that's what has worked for me, when I've worked to make it work.

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