First Study to Show Rice Protein as Good as Whey in Athletes
Despite many negative perceptions to plant-based proteins, for the first time a randomized, double-blind study conducted at the University of Tampa showed that rice protein supplementation was as effective as whey protein in a group of male athletes.
The researchers examined the effects of Growing Naturals’ rice protein versus a commercial whey protein supplement in a group of resistance-trained males. The athletes completed a robust & supervised exercise regime 3-4 times a week for 8 weeks and consumed the protein supplements within an hour after their workout. The subjects also consumed a controlled healthy diet consisting of 25% protein, 50% carbs and 25% fat.
Measurements for power, strength and body composition were taken at baseline and after 8 weeks. Results showed that athletes in both protein groups had significant gains in lean body mass with decreases in body fat as well as significant gains in whole body strength and power. Researchers stated that whey protein did not confer additional or superior benefits compared to rice protein.
The study was published in 2013 in the Nutrition Journal.