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 Post subject: Brown Rice Syrup and Gum Arabic in Health Bars?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:43 pm 
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I noticed that some Clif Mojo bars I bought seem to stick together very well, and the only ingredients that I can see in them that might cause the stick are brown rice syrup or maybe gum arabic. Does anyone know which ingredient it might be?

I really love trying home made protein bars, but none of them stick together well enough for me to take with me!

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Rice Syrup and Gum Arabic in Health Bars?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:05 pm 
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I just looked up gum arabic and found out it is basically an edible glue. I am sure the syrup is important also, but I am betting the glue does the majority of the work holding it together.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Rice Syrup and Gum Arabic in Health Bars?
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Both contribute, but the acacia gum (Arabic), moreso. You can substitute with any of the gums, such as guar gum or xanthan gum, or others available.

Carageenan or agar ocean plants also work as binders; though it will require cooking first for best results if you are simply adding it to an uncooked recipe. You may be able to not have to cook first if you're baking the bars.

Flax and chia seeds, ground, will also act as binders and add nutrients.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Rice Syrup and Gum Arabic in Health Bars?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:18 pm 
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I would be baking the bars, so I guess now the question is how to get some gums! :D

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Guar gum

Agar

They have both in small and large amounts there. Agar is common at health food stores. I think guar might be also. My local coop has both anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Brown Rice Syrup and Gum Arabic in Health Bars?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:53 am 
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Thanks much!

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