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The blend contains six expertly-vetted ingredients known for their calming and sleep-enhancing effects. It is intended to help you fall asleep more easily. Here’s more detailed information on each ingredient:
Known widely for its calming effect, Chamomile flowers contain a host of beneficial bioactive compounds, the most prominent being apigenin. Apigenin produces anxiety-reducing effects and has also been well-studied as an anti-cancer compound.
Much like chamomile, lemon balm also promotes relaxation by reducing stress and anxiety. It’s also a large source of phenolic compounds which play an important role in cancer prevention and health promotion.
This essential amino acid cannot be made in the body and must be obtained by eating dietary proteins. Despite being found naturally in the rice and pea proteins, we’ve added extra phenylalanine, as this amino acid helps to regulate ‘happy hormones’ like dopamine, which helps to control the brain’s reward and pleasure center, and serotonin which helps to balance mood.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found almost exclusively in teas (like green tea) and known primarily for its relaxing-without-sedating effects. Like L-Phenylalanine, it can’t be made in the body and is said to work by increasing alpha-1 brain waves, which are linked to a state of relaxation.
5-HTP is a compound the body uses to make serotonin and from serotonin make melatonin. Serotonin is known as one of the “feel good” neurotransmitters, or brain-signaling chemicals and is linked to happiness and anti-depression. And melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Though the body can make 5-HTP from tryptophan (an essential amino acid found in protein foods), certain conditions like inflammation or depression may increase the need for 5-HTP. Without enough serotonin the body cannot make enough melatonin which can lead to sleep problems of all kinds.
Melatonin is a hormone made in the body which plays a key role in regulating when you fall asleep and when you wake up. Certain stressors or health conditions may affect the amount of melatonin produced in the body leading to abnormal sleep patterns. At 1mg per serving in the PM formula, melatonin along with the other natural sleep/relax aids can help you to reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, increase the number of sleeping hours and thus boost your daytime alertness.
There are a few reasons why dietary protein (either in PM Restore or other GN product) may be beneficial before bedtime. For one thing, protein helps to mitigate late night hunger as it is a nutrient that is both filling and satisfying. It is also low in carbohydrates and sugar so it wont raise your blood sugar the way a carb-rich snack like ice cream or crackers would.
Protein before bedtime may be most beneficial to someone who is highly active and/or has higher protein needs. Because food is not being consumed during sleep, the body relies on all the nutrients from food consumed throughout the day to “recover”–that is to provide energy and generate new cells and tissue. If protein needs weren’t met for the day, the body will break muscles down to “fill the gap”. By providing some extra protein with PM Restore or other GN product before bed, this can help to prevent muscle breakdown overnight.
AM Energy and PM Restore contain a synergistic array of nutrients that can benefit you both day and night. AM Energy is recommended for daytime use as it contains a coffee cup’s worth of caffeine, protein (18g) and fiber (5g) to keep you energized and full, plus 19 essential vitamins and minerals to support a healthy functioning body. PM Restore is the perfect nighttime complement boasting a natural sleep and relax herbal blend along with protein (15g) and fiber (5g) to keep your blood sugar stabilized all in a dark chocolatey flavor to satisfy your sweet tooth.
A complete protein is a protein that provides all nine essential amino acids in the proportions needed to single-handedly build new tissue aka protein synthesis. An incomplete protein is low in one or more essential amino acid and thus can not single-handedly support tissue building. However, incomplete proteins, such as most plant proteins, can be “combined” to be made complete.
Grains and legumes are the most common complementary proteins because the combination of their amino acids, yields a complete protein. In other words, the amino acids in legumes help to complete the amino acids in grains and vice versa. Specifically, legumes are typically high in lysine and low in methionine/cystine, whereas grains are high in methionine/cystine and low in lysine.
In both AM Energy and PM Restore, our formulators, food scientists and dietitians worked together to come up with the perfect ratio of rice and pea protein which provides adequate amounts of each essential amino acid, thus being “complete”.
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First of all, it is important to note that amounts shown on ANY food label are almost never exact amounts, but rather rounded numbers as required by FDA’s Nutrition and Labeling Education Act. Rounding rules tell a manufacturer how to properly display an exact nutrient amount for sake of consistency in the industry (and also to avoid the use of decimals/fractions). For sugar specifically, if the exact amount in a product is <0.5g per serving, then it must be expressed as 0g (zero grams) on a label, and if the exact amount is >1g per serving, it must be expressed to the nearest 1g increment.
That being said, the exact amount of sugar in our New Premium Original Rice is actually 1.5g sugar, but due to rounding rules must be shown as 2g on the label. The exact amount in our old Original rice formulation was 0.4g, but due to rounding rules appeared as zero grams. So technically, the sugar content only increased by 1.1g (not 2 grams as it unfortunately appears).
Out of that 1.5g sugar, 0.7g is actually naturally occurring sugar present in the first ingredient “organic brown rice protein concentrate”. Our old formulation used a “rice protein isolate” which was a more pure protein and did not contain any sugars. The remaining 0.8g is truly the only “added sugar” and it comes from the ingredient “organic rice syrup solids”–the exact same sweetener which made up the 0.4g in the old formulation. We increased the amount of the sweetener purely for functional purposes as we noticed that this formulation foamed more than the old one (when mixed with water) and rice syrup solids can help to offset some foaming.
While we have not lab-tested the lectin content in our Growing Naturals rice and pea proteins (as it is very costly), we have conferred with groups of science experts/chemists in both pulse and rice organizations/councils to confirm that our processing methods would be adequate enough to eliminate most if not all the lectins in the final protein powders.
Lectins are types of carbohydrate-binding proteins found in virtually all plants and animals, with certain foods like raw legumes and grains containing some of the highest amounts, followed by dairy and seafood. Lectins may be harmful to the body when consumed in high amounts and for this reason, some diets like the Paleo diet advocate for eliminating lectin-containing foods like grains and legumes. However, what is often missed in the discussion is that lectins are virtually eliminated with various cooking/processing methods. The same principle applies to our rice and pea proteins. Because the rice grains and peas have been soaked, separated, heated (to dry into powder), lectins are no longer an issue in the final protein powders.
As such, generally healthy individuals do NOT need to avoid/limit lectin sources (such as grains and legumes) as most people aren’t consuming them in their RAW format. Once grains and legumes are processed or cooked, the lectins in them are significantly reduced or eliminated to amounts that do not cause issues in healthy individuals.
While the initial batches of New Premium Rice protein (all flavors) do not bear the gluten-free indicia, they are still considered gluten-free at <20ppm. Please email our dietitian firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to know the exact result for your batch # printed on the bottom of the canister.
Having realized this may create some confusion to our customers who were used to seeing the gluten-free indicia on old labels, we have decided to add the indicia back in for any and all upcoming productions of New Premium Rice Proteins.
The change in protein grams per serving (from 24g to 15g) is simply due to a decrease in the serving size itself. If you notice the scoop size is smaller in new canisters versus old canisters. For example, our old/former Chocolate Rice Protein provided 25g protein in a 34g serving (1 large scoop). You can get 25g of protein by using 1 and a half small scoops in the New Premium Chocolate rice which is approximately a 33g serving–and about as much as the old scoop size/serving.
The serving size was lowered to make it easier to tailor to individual protein needs as not everyone needs a 24g protein per day, though you can still get this by simply using 1.5 scoops. Now you can get as little or as much protein as YOU individually need: 15g (1 scoop); 23-24g (1.5 scoops); and 30g (2 scoops).
New Premium rice proteins feature a smaller serving size (scoop) compared to our previous formulation. If you’d like to continue to consume 24-25g of protein, please use approximately 1 and a half scoops with New Premium rice proteins.
New Premium Rice protein products are made using an 80% rice protein “concentrate.” The concentrate is processed in the EXACT same manner as the isolate–the only difference being the duration of the process, as the isolate takes a little longer to make because slightly more carbohydrates need to be removed in order to reach 90% protein concentration (versus 80%). The amino acid profile is the same whether a concentrate or isolate as proteins from the same source will have the same amino acid profile, so there is no change there–you are still getting all the amino acids you got with the isolate.
Not only is the concentrate better tasting, but it ensures that we won’t have the production delays or stocking issues that we had with the isolate which was a difficult to procure ingredient due to its limited availability.
The change in protein grams per serving (from 24g to 15g) has nothing to do with using a protein concentrate, but rather due to a decrease in the serving size itself. For example, our former Chocolate Rice Protein provided 25g protein in a 34g serving (1 large scoop). You can get 25g of protein by using an approximately 33g serving with New Premium Rice Chocolate (which is about 1 and a half small scoops).
No, it is not. Pea protein is derived from dried split peas. First, split peas are ground up into a flour; then mixed with water; this “slurry” is agitated to remove most of the starch, leaving a concentrated protein powder behind. With pea protein you are getting mostly protein and little to no carbs. When you eat split peas, or pea flour you get mostly carbs and some protein.
- You would need to eat approximately 3 cups of cooked sweet green peas** to get 15g of protein. You’d also be consuming about 32g carbs and 193 calories.
- Alternately, you would need to eat approximately 1 cup of split green peas** to get about 15g of protein. You’d also be consuming about 40g carbs, and 220 calories.
Although these are healthy food options, they aren’t ideal for when you just want pure protein and can’t manage to eat that much volume. Pea protein powder provides 15-16g of protein per scoop (approximately 1/4 cup).
**Please note: pea protein is made from dried split peas, not sweet peas.
Yes. Though we don’t currently test every single batch of product for banned substances, we have “spot tested” two random, separate batches by third party labs.
- In 2013, testing was done by LGC Group (formerly HFL Sport Science) and all banned substance results were negative
- In 2018, testing was done by WADA/USADA and all banned substance results were negative
In addition, the manufacturing facility used to produce our proteins is GMP-certified. One of many regulations for GMP is that the machinery is taken apart and sanitized, to limit cross contamination with any other substances such as hemp or allergens.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding banned substances, please email our in-house Registered Dietitian: email@example.com
Absolutely yes. Even though these protein powders are derived from grains and legumes (food groups which are restricted on the keto diet), most of the starch/carb content has been removed. Growing Naturals rice protein and pea protein are considered very low carb with less than 4g per serving (depending on the flavor), so they are ideal for use as rich protein sources in the keto diet. Other off-brand plant protein powders should be evaluated for the carb content to make sure it is ok to use on the keto diet.
For more info please check out “Eating the Right Protein on the Ketogenic Diet“
To a regular, healthy person, pea protein should NOT be difficult to digest. In fact, many customers have shared their relief upon finding pea protein, being easier to digest than a whey/dairy-based protein. Then again, this depends on what is specifically meant by “difficulty to digest”—Does it mean gas and bloating? Or scientifically, does pea protein have a low “digestibility”?
Those who do experience gas/bloating from pea protein, may have an intolerance to peas, or the starches in them. People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in particular tend to have issues with the starches/fiber found in peas/beans. Although our pea protein is processed to remove most of the starch/fiber, there are small amounts left that may affect someone with IBS or who is very sensitive to said starches. Alternately, consuming more than 1 serving at a time may also be increasing exposure to those starches.
If you experience a heavy feeling in the stomach after consuming pea protein, that is just a result of it being a protein and the reason why dietary proteins aid with satiety. It’s entirely normal. Pea protein in particular becomes very thick when mixed with liquids, so it may sit in your stomach and digest slowly.
Scientifically, the digestibility of a protein refers to how much of the protein gets absorbed by the body. Our pea protein has been tested to be 100% digestible.
Growing Naturals rice and pea protein contain 2.8g and 2.7g BCAAs per 15g protein serving respectively. A 30g protein serving (2 small scoops) would provide 5.6g BCAAs with rice protein and 5.4g BCAA with pea protein. Supplementing with isolated BCAAs is not necessary when consuming enough protein each day, though added amounts appear to be helpful for recovery and building muscle in very active individuals.
For more information on BCAAs please read: Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) in Rice and Pea Protein
Rest assured, our plant-based products have always been tested for arsenic and are considered safe to consume. All of our products test less than 0.20 ppm (parts per million) arsenic, which is naturally occurring from the soil and affects many other plant-based foods. The small amount in there is similar to amounts found in other healthy foods such as spinach, potatoes and seafood (more on this below).
Despite being rice-based, arsenic is not a concern in rice protein powder because of the way it is processed. Arsenic is a water-soluble mineral, which is why health experts advise rinsing whole rice grains with water before consuming it if arsenic is a concern. Since our rice protein concentration process is water-based, amounts in the resulting protein powder are significantly less than the starting rice grains.
Analytical testing provided by the FDA has also found similar results. The average content of inorganic arsenic found in rice protein powders was only 1.9 microgram per serving, compared to 2.6-7.2 micrograms per serving found in unprocessed, whole rice grains.
For perspective, seafood may be a greater arsenic contributor than rice. Seafood like salmon, canned tuna and shrimp have been found to contain 5 or more times the amount of arsenic found in rice. Food toxicologists believe the level of arsenic found in food is largely considered to be benign since they have not caused reported health effects, including cancer. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that exposure through the diet is 80% lower than the level set by law to protect consumers from exposure to drinking and cooking water. In other words, you’re more likely to be affected by arsenic in water than arsenic from foods in your diet.
For further information, please check out: 5 Important Clarifications about Arsenic and Rice
Though the sodium content of pea protein may appear high, relatively speaking, a serving of pea protein contains less than the sodium found in 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt (since 1/4 teaspoon of salt contains 500mg of sodium).
During the protein extraction process, the peas have to be soaked in a sodium solution in order to adjust their pH level. Although there is a subsequent rinsing process, the pea protein powder ends up retaining some of that sodium.
If you require something lower in sodium, rice protein is the way to go.
Should I use rice or pea protein?
Both rice protein and pea protein are rich and alternative sources of dietary protein and as such, both proteins can effectively:
- help to fill your daily protein needs
- help to regulate blood sugar and stabilize energy levels
- help to keep you full
- provide the building blocks for muscle, hair, skin, nails and more!
- support your immune system
Bother proteins are also 100% digestible.
Here are some key differences to help you pick out your perfect GN protein:
Choose ANY Growing Naturals Rice Protein if…
- Organic certification is important to you
- You have a legume or lentil allergy
- You want to avoid stevia (flavored pea proteins contain a tiny bit of stevia)
- You are on a low-FODMAP diet (Note: pea protein is also low-FODMAP, but only at 2 or fewer servings per day).
- You want protein that has been clinically tested as good as whey for building and maintaining muscle mass
Choose GN Rice Protein Original unflavored if…
- You need a high protein supplement with very few additives due to allergies or dietary restrictions
- You’re an athlete looking for a post-workout, high-protein supplement with few ingredients
- You need an unflavored high protein supplement to use in savory protein recipes
- You have kidney disease** (contains the least potassium, phosphorus, magnesium)
Choose Rice Protein Chocolate or Vanilla flavor if…
- You’re an athlete looking for a delicious post-workout high-protein supplement
- You’re looking for a little sweetness in your shake or favorite protein recipe
Choose ANY pea protein if…
- You’re a vegan/vegetarian who consumes plenty of grains but not many lentils/legumes
- You’ve tried rice protein and decided it’s not for you
Choose Pea Protein Original unflavored if…
- You need a protein supplement with absolutely NO additives due to allergies, dietary restrictions or personal choice
- You need an unflavored protein supplement to use in savory protein recipes
- You need a pea protein supplement without stevia in it
- You can’t have rice or rice-derived ingredients
Choose Pea Protein Vanilla or Chocolate if…
- You are curious to try pea protein and want something delicious
- You are looking for a pea protein to complement your rice protein
Choose a combination of both proteins if…
- You are making a protein shake for your child or teen
- You are “juicing” and not consuming any other sources of protein
- You are consuming limited sources of protein by choice or medical necessity
**Please consult your health care provider before use.
Being derived from a grain through a very natural extraction process, rice protein (unlike dairy and soy proteins) retains a slightly gritty or sandy texture which may be unfavorable to some but not all consumers, especially if you are used to the smoothness of other proteins. If this sounds like you, there are ways to help minimize this texture. One way to do that is by blending with creamy-type ingredients like nut butters, bananas, avocados or even coconut oil. We have tons of recipe inspo in our recipe section or directly at GNrecipes.com. Using less than a scoop helps too and we encourage each person to start with half a scoop and add more as needed for taste or nutritional preferences. You can also blend in some GN pea protein which has a naturally smoother texture.
Yes you can store it in the fridge, as long as it is kept dry. If your fridge is older and/or has issues controlling humidity then we recommend not storing it in there as this may cause the powder to clump.
Fermentation is one of many processes that can be used to extract protein from a plant or dairy source (which then is used to make the flavored protein powders you buy in store like ours). Unlike whole food fermentation (i.e. yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, etc.), fermentation of proteins does not yield a final product containing beneficial bacterial/probiotics. So there really is no advantage over other methods of processing. You can read more about this here.
GN uses natural carb-breaking enzymes, water and simple mechanics to isolate protein from rice and peas. This process results in a more neutral and consistent flavor and requires less heat than fermentation.
Short answer is: it’s possible. The date printed on your canister is actually the “best by” date–as we have only tested the shelf life of the proteins for up to 2 years. That doesn’t mean that the protein expires immediately after 2 years. It means that at 2 years, the protein powders still tested normal under all parameters.
Both protein powders are very shelf stable and if stored properly (i.e. cool, dry place) could be good for at least 6 months thereafter. Signs that the protein has expired include bitter taste, caking, and ‘off’ smell. As usual, when in doubt, toss it out.
GN protein canisters are filled by weight, not by volume. Similar to flour, rice protein in particular is extremely powdery and can settle by up to 50% from the time it is packaged to the time it reaches store shelves near you. Despite appearing “less full” if you were to weigh the powder in your canister, it would definitely weigh 1 or 2 lbs. (depending on the size you ordered). Because of this, it is best practice to “fluff” the powder using the scoop inside (or other utensil) before filling the scoop.
Any vegetation (be it fruits, vegetables, grains or legumes) grown directly in soil or surrounding bodies of water, will absorb metals naturally present in the soil like iron and zinc (also known as minerals due to their trace amounts). They will also absorb even smaller amounts of heavy metals like lead and cadmium. Lead and cadmium are naturally found on the Earth’s crust. Their presence in foods does not indicate use of pesticides or exposure to pollution.
Much like the produce you purchase in grocery stores, plant based proteins also contain trace levels of these metals. (Amounts so small it’s hard to wrap your head around). Needless to say, a growing body of evidence has indicated that the benefits of consuming plant-based foods FAR OUTWEIGH any consequences attributed to the extremely small level of metals present in them.
We test every single batch of our product to ensure that they are safe to consume.
For additional info please read:
- How did metals get into my food/supplement?
- Heavy Metals: More Ubiquitous than you Think
- How Your Body Filters Food Contaminants
By: Scarlett Full, in-house Registered Dietitian
Both rice and pea are plant-based protein sources which can help to fill your daily protein needs. The benefits to health are similar, but there are some minor differences such as taste and mouthfeel.
It would take roughly 2 and 3/4 cups of cooked brown rice to get 15 grams of protein and you’d be getting 142 grams carbs (and 683 calories) along with that.
1 scoop of Premium Rice Protein provides 15-16g protein, 3-4 grams carbs and 80-90 calories (depending on the flavor).
For further info, please read: Rice Protein vs. Rice or Rice Flour
Yes, the plastic canisters used for all of our protein powders are BPA and BPS-free.
Our single serve packets do not contain BPA/BPS as those chemicals are only found in rigid, plastic material.
First of all, we strive for all ingredients used in Growing Naturals products to support allergen-free, vegan, natural, non-GMO and organic lifestyles. We start by eliminating all sweeteners which do not meet our vision and your lifestyle.
Because of this we do not use any artificial ingredients including sugars like sucralose and aspartame.
We don’t use sugar alcohols like xylitol, erythritol or sorbitol because (although natural and plant-based), we know they can cause digestive issues (e.g. gas, bloating, and diarrhea) especially when consumed in large quantities. In addition, sugar alcohols are considered a type of FODMAP, which many people are intolerant to. Ultimately, we realized this would be detrimental to those with sensitive stomachs (many of who rely on our products for digestive ease).
Fructose was also nixed. Although it’s a type of sugar found naturally in fruits, the type that is sold as a granulated sugar ingredient and added to many processed foods has been linked to many harmful health effects. It’s the same kind found in high-fructose corn syrup. When the body gets too much fructose (in the form of added sugar, not fruit) it gets metabolized in the liver and starts turning the fructose into fat and may lead to things like fatty liver, increased cholesterol levels and insulin resistance. To clarify, fructose in fruit has not been linked to these harmful effects.
The three natural sweeteners used in our products – and at very minimal quantities – thus far are rice syrup solids (i.e. sugar made from brown rice), coconut sugar and stevia. While we are researching other newer sweeteners, we have found that a combination of rice syrup solids and Stevia are the best combination to complement our flavored pea proteins (except for the Original flavor which does not contain any sweetener.) As for our Premium rice proteins, the only sweetener used is rice syrup solids.
Read more about these and other ingredients here.
Growing Naturals rice and pea proteins are manufactured in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) Certified facility. This certification is regulated by the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The certification ensures that the facility adheres to very strict procedures for the manufacturing of products and especially handling of allergens. Processing lines are taken apart and sanitized in between any runs. Please visit our Allergen Processing FAQs page for further details about our facility and procedures used to limit cross contamination.
Despite all of the potential issues (which really only affect certain groups of people), phytic acid appears to be a beneficial substance to majority of people. Since it is mostly found in highly nutritious, plant-based foods which are known to improve health, avoiding phytic acid is generally not recommended. Under those circumstances when phytate intake must be regulated, methods for reducing phytate content or increasing mineral absorption should be considered.
GN rice proteins and pea proteins contain <2% phytic acid. These amounts are less than what is typically found in foods like almonds, beans, walnuts, etc.
For more info please read: Phytic Acid: Is it good or bad for you?
The short answer is: not necessarily. It actually depends on many individual factors–what the rest of your diet looks like, what you are using the protein powder for, your age and even health status.
If you are a typical American adult who consumes various sources of protein (especially if you eat dairy- or animal-based proteins) on a daily basis, then you don’t have to worry about mixing rice and pea protein in the same meal.
There are certainly cases when it is definitely best to mindfully combine incomplete plant protein sources in the same meal/smoothie–and this mainly affects people who have heavy dietary restrictions or are limited in the protein sources they can consume.
For further details, please see our blog article on this topic.
As you may or may not have heard, our powdered milk alternative “Rice Drink + Protein” (with 8g protein per serving) has been discontinued. Unfortunately the concept of a powdered rice milk did not take off like we had hoped. Grocery stores were unfortunately not willing to give us the space for a such a new concept that ideally could fit in either the baking aisle or the non-dairy beverage aisle and online sales never surpassed a respectfully small but loyal following.
Nonetheless, there is a simple recipe to follow to create a nutritionally similar beverage using our GN Rice Protein powders. All you would have to do is use approximately 1/3 of the scoop of your choice rice protein powder and add it to 8-10 ounces of your choice rice milk liquid (e.g. Rice Dream). Adding 1/3 of the scoop gives you the 8 grams of protein that you would’ve gotten from a serving of our “Rice Drink” products.
Other dairy milk alternatives (e.g. coconut, hemp, etc.) can be used with the rice protein instead of rice milk, however, this may cause greater differences in carbohydrate/sugar content (as well as taste differences) compared to the “Rice Drink” products.
One serving of each GN protein should be a level scoop (to the top). Please note, that it is important that the powders (especially rice proteins) be “fluffed” before scooping because it is similar to flour and will settle. You can do this with the scoop itself or with a fork/spoon.
Additionally, since each GN protein (and their different flavors) have a slightly different serving size, you should always use the scoop that comes with that canister.
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When our company started, organic peas were not being grown on a large scale due to farmers experiencing a high volume of crop loss. It was not cost efficient for them, so we were unable to produce organic pea protein.
Organic peas have only recently become available in the mass quantities that we require. However, we are currently unable to get a consistent supply of them. Sometimes our product may actually BE organic pea protein, however it will not be labeled this way until we can secure a consistent supply. If you are interested in knowing if a specific canister you purchased is organic, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the lot number on the canister.
We realize the importance of sampling a product before committing to a larger purchase. We offer a “sampler pack” which includes 3 single serving packets of your choice. The only thing you pay for is a $5 shipping fee. If you are interested in this, please click here to add this into your shopping cart. LIMIT 1 PER PERSON.
***After you have completed your purchase, please email us to: email@example.com with the 3 flavors you would like. Please note “original” unflavored proteins are not available in sample size and there may be limited availability for new flavors (e.g. strawberry).
No. The grain-free claim is made on our Original Pea protein powder because there is no rice- or other grain-derived ingredients used in the product. Many people follow a grain-free diet by choice or medical necessity.
Sometimes you just don’t need the whole scoop of protein, whether it’s because you are making a small scale recipe or you just need a small protein boost:
Estimated Protein in 1 (level) tbsp.
All of our rice and pea proteins are considered excellent sources of protein. This means they provide 10g or more of protein per serving. They also have very low carbs, sugar and fat. Though we have not tested their effect on blood sugar, high protein foods/products are not known to cause spikes in blood sugar. In fact, persons with diabetes are encouraged to consume protein with every meal, because protein helps to offset any blood sugar spikes caused by the sugar & carb content in the meal. Some of our flavored products DO contain minimal amounts of a sweetener derived from brown rice, along with stevia. If you or the person with diabetes is very sensitive to “sweets”–we would recommend using the “original” (unflavored) versions of rice and pea protein which contain the least amount of sweetener or no sweetener whatsoever.
Eating your protein from whole, natural foods is always preferred rather than from a supplement. Of course, this is an easier task for those who have no food allergies or dietary restrictions. For some, like vegans or vegetarians, it may be easier or more convenient to use concentrated, allergen-friendly plant protein powders. For others who might not have an appetite for a meal after a workout, drinking a protein shake might work best. In any case, make sure you are getting at least 25-30 grams of protein after your workout whether in liquid or food form.
For more information read: Protein for Muscle and Exercise Recovery
The brown rice syrup solids are essentially a granulated sugar derived from brown rice. Brown rice contains carbohydrates and simple sugars (starch) and they are separated from the rice as a syrup which is then dried into its granulated form.
For more information on this and other ingredients, please see our “Thoughtful Ingredients” page.
There are a few reasons why you would choose (or use) the original or unflavored version of our rice proteins. For one thing, it contains the least ingredients and is for purists or people who might have dietary restrictions to vanilla or cocoa ingredients. Additionally, the unflavored version is the most flexible for use in recipes. It can be used in veggie juice-based shakes or even in savory dishes (where vanilla/chocolate might not be a good fit). Sugar-free bakery is yet another option for this protein, since Original contains the lowest sugar content.
For first time users of rice protein who choose the Original flavor for dietary restrictions, you could try mixing with a plant-based milk such as almond milk, which is one of the most popular liquids to pair with. We recommend mixing with your choice milk versus water since it contains zero flavoring and no artificial ingredients. We also suggest blending it in a blender to get it thoroughly mixed. To smooth out the texture you could try blending with 1/2 an avocado, a handful of fresh spinach, 1/2 to 1 whole banana, or a tablespoon nut or seed butter (depending on allergies).
Original allows for your own flavoring such as with cinnamon, flavor extracts, fruit, etc. It can be used in any of our recipes, even the ones that call for vanilla or chocolate protein–you would just add flavoring of your choice.
This depends on your health/fitness goals and the intensity/type of workout. The purpose of taking protein after a workout is to help your muscles recover from any damage they may have incurred during the workout and/or to build stronger/bigger muscles. Studies indicate that proper strength exercises combined with adequate protein intake can help to increase muscle mass and overall body strength. At least 25 – 30g of protein is typically recommended within an hour after your workout to maximize recovery and benefits. This can certainly be consumed as part of a substantial meal or as a plain protein shake (for means of convenience) before a meal.
The seemingly mysterious ingredient. Alternately known as “Natural Flavor” and not included in all GN products, our organic certified flavors are plant-based ingredients and carriers which help create a clean taste. They are non-GMO based and actually composed of tapioca root flour (90%) and organic essential oils (10%). The combination either adds to the flavor enjoyment or helps off-set inherent after-tastes in ingredients such as Stevia. This is once again part of Growing Naturals pledge that foods that are good for you can also taste good.
Although our plant proteins can be used to make a meal replacement–they are not considered meal replacements on their own. GN protein powders are concentrated sources of protein alone, with little to no carbohydrates or fat. It would be like consuming a piece of chicken breast, with nothing else. With the proper add-ins (e.g. banana, kale, etc.), GN protein powders can become a convenient meal replacement due to ease and timeliness of preparation. Despite this, (and as with any supplements) whole-food meals should be preferably consumed when at all possible.
There are several reasons why you can benefit from consuming GN plant proteins, although you should always aim to consume whole food sources of protein first. GN protein powders offer a convenient and alternative source of protein, especially for (but not limited to) vegans, vegetarians or people with dietary restrictions. Although it is very well possible for vegans and vegetarians to meet their protein requirements on a whole-food, plant-based diet–it requires careful planning, variety, and sometimes large volumes of food which may be challenging to accomplish. This is common among vegan and vegetarian athletes for example. For people with sensitive stomachs or many food allergies, (rice protein especially) becomes a viable source of protein. Being naturally low-fat and low-calorie, plant proteins can also be used as part of a weight management diet plan. You should consult your Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist or Physician before consuming any supplement, as they can also help to determine if and how best to implement it in your diet.
Yes. All of our rice proteins, pea proteins, and rice “milk” powders are Kosher certified by Star-K organization.
Sunflower oil was added for its functionality rather than for its nutritional properties. As a natural “anti-foam,” sunflower oil helps to reduce the foam produced by the rice protein when mixed with liquids (especially water), which majority of our customers have complained to us about. Therefore, in response to this and in honor of great customer service we decided to provide a natural remedy.
Please note, sunflower oil is listed at the tail end of the ingredients, indicating is use in the “recipe” is very minimal, compared to the other ingredients. So minimal, it does not even affect the nutritional panel. As such, the addition of the sunflower oil is highly unlikely to impact one’s diet/health and/or unlikely to offset one’s omega3 to 6 ratio, considering these products are not intended to be someone’s sole source of nutrition.
Until further notice, we will not be removing the sunflower oil, and we hope you understand.
You have nothing to worry about! The small brown “grains” that you are seeing in the powder is actually the organic coconut palm sugar. The size of the sugar crystal is a lot bigger than the other powders in the mix, so that makes it stand out. Also, the natural color of the coconut sugar varies from batch to batch, lighter to darker, so perhaps this time around it was a bit darker, which would make it more noticeable.
When we launched Growing Naturals we set out to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Initially we launched with bags with no scoops, in order to limit packaging waste. Within 6 months the resounding feedback from consumers was that most didn’t like the mess of putting their hand into the bag of powder, the inability to always seal the zip-lock securely, and inability to measure precisely without a one-serving scoop. Retailers were equally frustrated because the bags didn’t stack on their shelves as easily and in the same space as all the competitors who were in canisters. Growing Naturals listened and after great thought and hesitation, decided that transitioning to a recyclable plastic canister with a scoop would meet consumers and retailers needs. We’ll continue to look at other more environmentally friendly packaging options (i.e. maybe a scoop made from another material such as recycled plastic) that will hopefully become available to us once we grow larger and manufacture in larger quantities.
Growing Naturals welcomes recipes using our product so that we can continue to share ways to make almost anything high-protein, for morning, noon or night. We also offer the opportunity to have a credit at the bottom of the recipe, hyperlinked to the recipe-providers complimentary website. Please submit the detailed recipe, recipe photo (highly recommended), credit and hyperlink to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to an occasional backlog in recipes, we apologize if it takes longer than expected to get the recipes onto our website.
The unique and natural composition of brown rice contains some particles which are naturally repelled by water, so this makes it a bit challenging when it comes to mixing with liquids, especially water. Our products do not contain any dairy, and will therefore not mix like dairy powders (whey or casein protein). Fortunately, we have developed some great tips for your troubles as well as for other first-time GN users. First, we recommend using a blender (preferably) or shaker bottle (with wire whisk ball). If you don’t have either, a fork rather than a spoon will work best (or maybe even a small whisk). Next, you’ll want to pour half of (your choice) liquid in the blender/shaker bottle/cup first, then add the powder and finally, the remaining liquid. This way the powder does not get stuck to the bottom. Now you can mix. If you are blending, blend at a low/medium speed for 10-20 seconds or shake the bottle for at least 1 minute (and get a workout, while you’re at it). If you want it cold, add ice after mixing, or use chilled liquids.
A protease is a “protein-breaking” enzyme which helps with the break down and digestion of dietary protein. A healthy body is naturally equipped with, and releases several proteases into the digestive tract to help with the metabolism of protein when it is consumed. It does not require protease supplements. However, due to certain health conditions or aging, the body might produce or release less proteases, making protein metabolism less efficient in a body. The best thing is to ask your physician before taking protease supplements.
As a general rule, all Growing Naturals products are allergen-friendly (free of top 8 major allergens as well as gluten), thus they can be enjoyed by everyone, especially people with food allergies. In addition, they are pure proteins (made purely with rice protein OR pea protein) making it easy for those with food allergies or intolerances to use and make their own recipes with.
Depending on your desired thickness and taste preference, you may mix with 6 to 12 ozs of liquid per serving.
Vanilla Blast Protein- 15 servings per 1lb pouch
If you mix with 8ozs liquid per serving = 120 ounces = almost 1 gallon
If you mix with 12ozs liquid per serving = 180 ounces = 1.4 gallons
Chocolate Power Protein – 14 servings per 1lb pouch
If you mix with 8ozs liquid = 112 ounces 0.875 gallons
If you mix with 12ozs liquid = 168oz = 1.3 gallons
Original Flavor – 17 servings per 1lb pouch
If you mix with 8ozs liquid = 136 ounces = 1.06 gallons
If you mix with 12ozs liquid = 204oz = 1.59 gallons
Depending on your desired thickness and taste preference, you may mix with 6 to 12 ozs of liquid per serving.
If you mix with 8ozs of liquid per serving = 1 gallon of rice milk
If you mix with 12ozs of liquid per serving = 1.5 gallon of rice milk
We sprout our rice prior to the introduction of the bio-fermentation process. We soak the rice in water for 12-18 hours and allow the rice to sprout. After that we split the carbohydrates and the protein using and enzymatic and mechanical process which allows us to concentrate the brown rice protein to a 90% isolate. Our fat levels are below 2.5% and our free fatty acids are well below .1%. This reduces any chance of rancidity during the drying process.
We don’t specifically test for free fatty acids all the time; we know that during our process if the moisture and fat levels are below 2.5% we will not have any rancidity in our product. Furthermore, the sprouting affect and the actual extraction process are not related in determining the free fatty acids. If our product shows higher than normal moisture levels and higher fat levels after testing each batch, we test for free fatty acids and determine rancidity. We have already performed shelf life tests on our product and have confirmed a shelf life of at least 3 years if the product is contained in a cool dry environment.
Our rice source changes based on highest quality standards as well as quantity demanded. Currently we are sourcing from Cambodia. All of our products are manufactured in Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
Our process is considered raw because of its low heat fewer than 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
No. The processing of our rice protein involves a proprietary, natural/enzymatic procedure using distilled water. There are no chemicals involved.
The primary difference between isolate and concentrate is that the isolate is more pure. Isolate contains more protein with less fat and carbs per serving. Isolates usually contain between 90-94% protein while concentrates have a protein ratio of 70-85%. Growing Naturals has the ONLY rice isolate on the market, with 90% protein.
There are different benefits intrinsic to each protein source. Each one has a unique ratio of individual amino acids. Therefore, one protein source may provide you with more of a certain amino acid than another. By rotating, you ensure that you are “touching all your [amino acid] bases” aside from getting all the vitamins, minerals or phytochemicals that may naturally occur in that protein. Your body is constantly breaking down protein and rebuilding it or repairing damaged cells (that may or may not know of). During cellular reconstruction, your body may require more of a specific amino acid or vitamin/mineral than another, depending on the type of cell. If you were consuming protein from a sole source, your body may or may not be getting exactly what it needs.
Protein is an important part of your diet and is required on a daily basis. It is required by your body for preserving your muscle mass, rebuilding tissue/cells, supporting your immune system and providing the building blocks for enzymes, hormones and vitamins. Aside from this, the protein component in a meal has been shown to help with weight management, as it can keep you satiated (full). In turn, this can help to control the calories you consume. As part of a meal, protein will also help to offset any spikes in blood sugar which would be induced by carbohydrates alone.
Consuming our protein powders in your shake or as part of any meal is a convenient way to help to fill your daily protein requirements, especially if you are a vegan/vegetarian, have high protein needs or many diet restrictions.
It is probably best to consult a pediatrician with regards to a child’s consumption of our products. Although our products are organic and allergen-friendly we cannot determine how well it will be tolerated by a child due to their individual health. As with any supplement, we suggest bringing the nutritional information to the pediatrician to have them clear the child’s health before any consumption.
According to a positon statement published by the ADA, DOC and ACSM the human body needs between .8 grams per kg of body weight for the sedentary person and 1.8 grams per kg for serious athletes, pregnant women, under a large amount of stress or recovering from an illness or injury. What this works out to is:
105 grams/day for the male who exercises regularly and weighs 154 lbs.
So ask yourself this question: Am I getting enough protein in my diet? Protein serves many functions.
Calculate your protein needs:
1. Weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg
2. Weight in kg x .8-1.8 grams/kg = required intake of protein
It is OK to drink/consume your daily protein all at one time, but it is not preferred as it can be a large volume of food for some people. As always, you should consult your own physician or Registered Dietitian depending on your individual health.
Unfortunately no. As with all daily required nutrients, we must replenish on a daily basis. By the end of the day, the protein you consume will be broken down into amino acids (AA) to be absorbed by the body. On average, about 60% of AAs are catabolized (used for energy) in the liver, 20% of AAs will be used for protein synthesis, some will be released to circulate in the blood, and even smaller amounts stored in the liver. As far as any excess protein your body doesn’t need, the body will excrete the toxic parts and store the energy parts.
Legumes like beans and dried peas are some of the healthiest foods on the planet given their high fiber content, low-fat, cholesterol-free status, being rich in vitamins and minerals and more. Legumes however, need to be consumed in cooked form to obtain their benefits because cooking destroys compounds found in raw beans and legumes which can be toxic to the digestive system.
The drying process which turns pea protein into a powder form is sufficient enough to destroy any compounds which would be considered harmful to digestive systems. Therefore, pea protein is entirely safe to consume and easy to digest.
The approximate content in our original and vanilla NEW premium RICE protein (per serving):
- Magnesium – 16 mg
- Phosphorus – 80 mg
- Potassium – 0 mg
The approximate content in our chocolate NEW premium RICE protein (per serving)
- Magnesium – 24 mg
- Phosphorus – 100 mg
- Potassium – 40 mg
The approximate content in our vanilla PEA protein (per serving):
- Magnesium – 160 mg
- Phosphorus –150 mg
- Potassium – 90 mg
The approximate content in our original PEA protein (per serving):
- Magnesium – 160 mg
- Phosphorus –150 mg
- Potassium – 50 mg
The approximate content in our chocolate PEA protein (per serving):
- Magnesium – 180 mg
- Phosphorus – 200 mg
- Potassium – 170 mg
It’s hard for us to decide whether this is safe to consume during pregnancy/nursing considering we are not familiar with your current health, health history, etc. and especially considering pregnancy/nursing is such a delicate stage in life (in terms of health). Our best recommendation is to bring the supplement canister over to your OB/GYN and see what they recommends. Although sufficient protein intake is an important factor during pregnancy/nursing and supplements may help to reach those protein needs, it’s best (for anyone) to get their protein from whole foods first, supplements second. Also, it’s important to remember this is a concentrated protein supplement (not a meal replacement) and does not contain all the vitamins/minerals necessary for proper growth and development during pregnancy.
Oryzatein® is a trade name for our organic brown rice protein ingredient. Oryzatein is protein extracted from organic brown rice.
Yes, our organic rice grains are soaked in water and sprouted before the extraction process.
All of our products manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Growing Naturals takes pride in having complete control of production, from the rice source to the finished product. With the the help of our rice protein manufacturing partner, we ensure the rice coming from the organic fields in India, Vietnam and Cambodia meets our testing standards and if a crop fails a test, then we change sources. The brown rice is then shipped to the Utah where it is blended with the other Organic ingredients to create our finished product. The ingredients are tested multiple times at the seed level through to the final product, including FDA testing, to insure quality and claims, including Non-GMO and Gluten-Free.
No. There is no fruit pectin in any of our products.
Typically, sea salt has trace amounts of naturally occurring iodine–this tends to be significantly less than conventional salt. Our sea salt contains LESS than 100 MICROgrams of Iodine for every 100 grams of sea salt. Considering it is the last ingredient on the list, and therefore the ingredient with smallest quantity used–you will probably be ingesting LESS than half a milligram per serving. If you are very sensitive to it, play it safe and stay away from our products with the sea salt and perhaps try our original flavor rice protein or pea proteins which do not contain sea salt.
We apologize for this rare occurrence—the tiny dark spots are actually clumps of organic cocoa powder that somehow managed to survive the blending process. It is safe to consume, however.
We only have scoops in our new canister packaging, not the bags. There is no exact science to convert grams (weight or mass) to tablespoons/cups (volume). In addition, powdered products often settle significantly between when they are blended, packaged and delivered. Because of this difficulty we have changed our packaging to include a pre-measured scoop to help achieve a more accurate and consistent serving size.
Yes, the rice protein may be stored in a glass jar; however we would recommend keeping it out of direct sun light.
The light is not so much an issue, but the heat is. The higher the temperature the lower life expectancy the rice protein will have.
This is normal. Due to the intrinsic nature of the powder, our canisters are filled with powder based on mass (weight)—not volume. Therefore, although the volume is to the brim at initial packaging, the powder often settles significantly between when they are packaged and delivered, which may decrease the volume although the mass has not changed.
My grand total was over $40, why am I being charged shipping?
Sorry for the confusion–You were most likely charged shipping because your item “subtotal” (retail price + 20% off for being a Growing Groupie) was less than $40. You must purchase over $40 in product, including the discount—which typically accrues for a 3 item purchase. Tax and shipping fee do not count toward $40 minimum.
Where do you ship internationally and who do I purchase through?
At this time the available options are:
Aggressive Health Shop
25/35 avenue Sergent Gabriel Jourdan
Phone # 0603710073
Awesome Health Foods
We currently do not ship to other international areas but we are growing our international network quickly so check
back within 6 months to see where we go next!
We’re excited that new locations are being added daily but we unfortunately don’t have access to all their contact information. Currently the best places to look are natural food, supplement and other specialty stores. While we can’t promise we have the specific information for your area, it doesn’t hurt to ask, so email us at email@example.com and we’ll help you out. Type “Need retail locations” in the Subject line and make sure to include your city, state and zip code in the body of the email. If we have information for your area, we’ll gladly forward it to you. You can also include the name and phone number of a store you’d like to see our products in and we’ll be glad to reach out to them.
It means that the 12 million people in the U.S.A. who have food allergies can enjoy our food products, without the risk of experiencing an allergic reaction. We use as few ingredients as possible and work hard to meet the requirements for being organic, kosher, and vegan. As much as its important what goes into Growing Naturals products, it’s sometimes more important what doesn’t go into them, which is why the are all free of allergens including gluten, lactose, dairy, nuts, soy and corn.