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FAQ2018-10-29T21:46:43+00:00

Is pea protein the same as eating ground up peas (pea flour)?2018-08-23T18:41:01+00:00

No, it is not. Pea protein is derived from dried split peas. First 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.

How much peas do I need to eat to get 15g of protein?2018-08-23T18:37:59+00:00
  • 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.

Are the proteins safe to use for drug-tested athletes?2018-08-23T18:02:36+00:00

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: scarlett@growingnaturals.com

Can I use rice and pea plant protein powders on the keto diet?2018-08-22T18:25:13+00:00

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

Is pea protein difficult to digest?2018-08-20T17:21:01+00:00

To a normal, 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 your definition of “difficult 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. Pea protein has a 94% digestibility which is considered high.

What are BCAAs and do I need to supplement them?2018-06-25T21:24:31+00:00

Plant proteins like Growing Naturals rice and pea protein DO contain BCAAs–4.5g and 2.7g per serving respectively. Supplementing with isolated BCAAs is not necessary when consuming enough protein each day, though they appear to be helpful for recovery and building muscle in very active individuals.

What are BCAAs?

BCAAs or branched chain amino acids refer to three of the nine essential amino acids whose chemical structure resemble a branched tree. They include: valine, leucine and isoleucine.  Aside from being essential for proper growth and function, BCAAs play a special role in muscles because they can be metabolized within the muscles (rather than the liver, where all other aminos are metabolized) and used for energy.  BCAAs also trigger protein synthesis (muscle-building) and help reduce muscle breakdown. Because of this, they are of major interest to athletes and the sport nutrition industry alike, considering their beneficial impact on muscle recovery and therefore performance.  Research continues to support this role.  For example, an article published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (May 2012) found that BCAA supplementation before and after damaging resistance exercise reduced muscle damage and accelerated recovery in a group of resistance-trained males.

BCAAs are rapidly depleted from muscles during strenuous activity so they (like other nutrients) need to be restored after workouts. BCAAS are naturally found in dietary protein and thus can be ingested from things like meat, beans, poultry, protein powders, ect. but they can also be ingested as isolated amino acids in supplement form. The advantage of using the supplement form is that they are taken into the bloodstream faster than with food because they don’t need to be digested/broken apart from the dietary protein source.

How do I incorporate BCAAs into an active lifestyle?

BCAA supplements can be used (as most supplements should) as an addition to a healthy diet, NOT as a replacement for regular meals or whole food protein sources. They can be used before, during or after a workout.  There is insufficient evidence to determine preference for when to take the BCAAs.

6-20 grams of BCAAs per day is the recommended dosage, which can be divided throughout the day. However, studies observing the benefit of supplementing with BCAAs in trained individuals used dosages in the range of 10-20 grams per day.

Are there negatives to BCAAs? 

BCAA supplements are generally safe to consume, without side effects if/when taken in recommended dosages by healthy individuals.

Why is the pea protein “high” in sodium?2017-02-22T14:28:52+00:00

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.

 

Which Growing Naturals protein powder is right for me?2018-01-11T15:51:12+00:00

Choose ANY rice protein if…

  • You want the highest protein with the lowest calories
  • Organic certification is important to you
  • You have a legume or lentil allergy
  • You are on a low-FODMAP diet

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 a protein supplement without stevia in it
  • You need an unflavored high protein supplement to use in savory protein recipes
  • You have kidney disease**

Choose Rice Protein Strawberry, 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 and don’t consume enough 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 or dietary restrictions
  • You need a protein supplement with absolutely NO additives due to personal choice
  • You need an unflavored protein supplement to use in savory protein recipes
  • You need a protein supplement without stevia in it
  • You can’t have rice or rice-derived ingredients

Choose Pea Protein Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry if…

  • You are curious to try pea protein and want something delicious
  • You only need a small plant protein boost (5-15g) throughout the day
  • 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.

What’s the best way to reduce rice protein’s natural grittiness?2018-01-11T15:51:12+00:00

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.

Can I store GN protein powders in the fridge?2016-10-27T16:08:55+00:00

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.

Is your protein fermented? Why or Why not?2016-09-13T20:39:31+00:00

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.

 

Can I use the protein powder past the expiration date?2018-01-11T15:51:12+00:00

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.

Why is my canister only filled half way with powder?2016-07-08T16:39:39+00:00

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.

 

What does it mean to be tested low metals?2018-01-11T15:51:13+00:00

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:

By: Scarlett Full, in-house Registered Dietitian

 

What is the difference between rice and pea protein?2016-06-13T15:35:53+00:00

Both rice and pea are plant-based protein sources which can help to fill your daily protein needs.  The benefits are similar, but there are some differences including taste and protein content. Please see our protein comparison page for detailed and additional information.

How much whole brown rice do I need to eat to get 24g of protein?2018-08-23T18:06:26+00:00

It would take roughly 5.3 cups (1,034 grams) of cooked brown rice to get 24 grams of protein and you’d be getting 243 grams carbs (and 1158 calories) along with that.

For further info, please read: Rice Protein vs. Rice Flour

Is rice protein the same as rice flour?2016-05-11T22:37:19+00:00

No it is not. Rice protein is derived from rice grains, and is very high in protein compared to rice flour. For more info please read: Rice Protein vs. Rice Flour

Is your packaging BPA and BPS-free?2016-05-06T15:46:40+00:00

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.

Why do you use stevia and coconut palm sugar as sweeteners instead of others?2018-01-11T15:51:13+00:00

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 rice proteins (except for the Original flavor which does not contain Stevia.) As for our pea proteins, a combination of coconut sugar and stevia are used in our flavored products (with the exception of the Original pea flavor which does not contain any sweetener).  If you prefer not to use any sweetener then the Original pea protein is the choice for you.

Read more about these and other ingredients here.

Do you use an allergen-free manufacturing facility for your products?2015-11-11T23:58:38+00:00

Please visit our Allergen Processing FAQs page for more info on this topic.

Is there any phytic acid in the rice and pea protein?2016-04-21T18:47:11+00:00

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: The Anti-Nutrient or Healthy Phytochemical?

Do I need to mix rice protein with pea protein?2018-01-11T15:51:13+00:00

Not necessarily. For details, please read our blog article on this topic.

Is there a way to make your protein-fortified rice milk, without the Rice Drink product?2015-09-03T22:12:57+00:00

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.

 

Is 1 serving to the line on the scoop or the top of the scoop?2015-09-02T22:31:41+00:00

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.

 

My coupon code is being applied for the wrong amount or does not work. What’s wrong?2015-04-24T18:44:14+00:00

To redeem the full promotional discount–you must be logged into your Growing Groupie account.  Promotional discounts will not be added on top of the 20% Growing Groupie discount. Only the amount from the promo code will be applied.  For example, if you received a coupon code for 30% off, then you will only get 30% off, not 20% + 30%.

If you notice the wrong amount being applied, you are probably not logged into your Growing Groupie account. Please log in and try the coupon code again.

ALL coupon codes are valid for a ONE-time use only, unless otherwise specified on the promo code ad. Once the coupon code has been used for an order, you cannot use it again.

 

Why is your pea protein non-GMO but NOT organic?2015-04-10T01:05:42+00:00

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 info@growingnaturals.com and include the lot number on the canister.

Do you offer free samples?2018-01-11T15:51:13+00:00

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: information@growingnaturals.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). 

 

 

 

Is “Grain-Free” the same as “Gluten-free”?2014-07-23T21:16:23+00:00

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.

How much protein is in 1 tablespoon (tbsp.) of rice or pea protein?2018-01-11T15:51:13+00:00

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.

Pea Original

5.9g

Pea Vanilla

4.6g

Rice Original

6.2g

Rice Vanilla

5.3g

Rice Chocolate

4.8g

 

Are GN rice and pea protein powders good for people with diabetes?2018-01-11T15:51:14+00:00

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.

Is it better to drink or eat my post workout protein supplement?2018-01-11T15:51:14+00:00

Eating your protein from whole, natural foods is always preferred rather than from a supplement.  Of course, this is an easier task for those able to consume meat/poultry/fish rather than for vegans or vegetarians.  As such, protein powders like ours are a convenient form of plant-based protein which can be used to fill dietary needs especially after a workout.

For more information read: “Plant Proteins: Before or After a Workout? and How Much?

How much protein do I need if I am physically active?2018-01-11T15:51:14+00:00
Should I take GN protein before or after a workout?2018-01-11T15:51:14+00:00
What is protein?2018-01-11T15:51:14+00:00

Please read all about protein and why your body needs it on a daily basis here – “Protein 101

What is brown rice syrup solids?2018-01-11T15:51:14+00:00

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.

Why would I choose the Original rice protein and how should I use it?2014-03-05T04:51:45+00:00

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 might want to try mixing with vanilla almond milk (as long as there are no allergies), which is one of the most popular, single mix-ins.

How much protein should I take after a workout?2014-01-24T02:16:31+00:00

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.

What exactly is the “Organic Flavor” listed on your products?2014-01-09T22:31:40+00:00

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.        

Can I and should I replace a meal with a GN protein shake?2014-02-04T01:19:47+00:00

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. 

 

 

 

Why should I consume GN plant proteins?2014-02-04T01:20:15+00:00

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. 

Are your products Kosher?2013-12-02T22:44:02+00:00

Yes. All of our rice proteins, pea proteins, and rice “milk” powders are Kosher certified by Star-K organization.

Why is there sunflower oil in the rice protein powders now?2013-11-13T20:50:59+00:00

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.

 

I noticed dark spots or “grains” in my vanilla pea protein. Is this safe to consume?2013-11-13T20:43:29+00:00

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.

Can you make your packaging more environmentally-friendly?2013-11-02T01:41:24+00:00

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.

Can I share my GN protein recipe on your website?2013-11-02T01:19:10+00:00

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 recipes@growingnaturals.com. Due to an occasional backlog in recipes, we apologize if it takes longer than expected to get the recipes onto our website.

Why doesn’t rice protein mix easily with liquids and what is the best way to mix it?2017-02-21T17:15:25+00:00

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.

What is a “protease” and do I need to supplement with them?2018-01-11T15:51:15+00:00

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.

What makes Growing Naturals products different?2016-03-30T17:52:52+00:00

As a general rule, all Growing Naturals products are allergen-friendly, thus they can be enjoyed by everyone, especially people with food allergies. Each product is special in its own category, featuring something different that you can’t find elsewhere. With our proteins it’s foremost that we have created the only rice isolate (90%).

How can I purchase Growing Naturals products?2018-01-11T15:51:15+00:00

You’re in the right place. You can do some research and make a purchase, all right here. If you sign up as a Growing Groupie we will be able to keep you up to date on which new products are up and coming, where all our products are available and how best to enjoy them.

What charities does Growing Naturals support?2013-10-25T01:26:09+00:00

While we make smaller donations to dozens of organizations, our two most significant partnerships are with Celiac Disease Foundation and Vitamin Angels. See more information here.

How many ounces of milk/protein can a 1lb. canister produce?2013-10-25T01:25:26+00:00

Proteins
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

Milk
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

What steps are taken to minimize oxidation of the fatty acids contained in the rice sprouts, which are unstable in the presence of oxygen?2013-10-25T01:24:23+00:00

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.

Do you use any QC test for oxidation such as Anisidine and/or Totox(total oxidation) values to insure a quality product?2013-10-25T01:24:08+00:00

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.

Country and State of origin of the rice sprouts?2014-10-31T18:52:22+00:00

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.

What makes your product Raw?2013-10-25T01:23:03+00:00

Our process is considered raw because of its low heat fewer than 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

What is the amino acid profile?2018-01-11T15:51:15+00:00

Please see Rice protein’s typical amino acid profile here.

Please see Pea protein’s typical amino acid profile here.

Is your rice and pea protein powder non-GMO?2015-10-19T22:23:09+00:00

Yes, and both are non-GMO project verified. Pea protein products will be updated to contain the Non-GMO project verified seal early in 2015.

For more info on GMOs, please read: GMOs 101

 

Does your processing of organic brown rice involve any chemicals or gases such as hexane?2013-10-25T01:20:34+00:00

No. The processing of our rice protein involves a proprietary, natural/enzymatic procedure using distilled water. There are no chemicals involved.

What are your gluten free testing levels?2015-11-12T18:01:15+00:00

Less than 20ppm (although test results are frequently below 10 and even below 5ppm).

For more info, please check out Our Gluten-Free Promise

 

What does “isolate” mean?2013-10-25T01:19:54+00:00

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.

Why should I rotate or blend protein sources?2014-04-24T01:01:13+00:00

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.

Why protein in my shake?2014-02-03T22:53:41+00:00

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.  

Can children use the protein powders?2016-02-09T22:24:54+00:00

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.

Why 24 grams of protein per serving?2018-01-11T15:51:15+00:00

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

Can I drink all my daily protein at one time?2014-10-31T19:02:33+00:00

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.

Will the protein I drank yesterday help me the following day?2018-01-11T15:51:15+00:00

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.

How can pea protein be digested given that legumes need to be cooked before they are digestible for humans?2018-08-20T16:03:44+00:00

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.

What is the magnesium, potassium and phosphorous content in GN rice protein and pea protein?2016-11-30T19:42:19+00:00

The approximate content in our original RICE protein (per serving):

  •                 Magnesium – 24 mg
  •                 Phosphorous – 80 mg
  •                 Potassium – 5 mg

The approximate content in our vanilla and strawberry RICE proteins (per serving):

  •                 Magnesium – 32 mg
  •                 Phosphorous – 100 mg
  •                 Potassium – 35 mg

The approximate content in our chocolate RICE protein (per serving)

  •                 Magnesium – 60 mg
  •                 Phosphorous – 150 mg
  •                 Potassium – 190 mg

The approximate content in our vanilla and strawberry PEA protein (per serving):

  •                 Magnesium – 160 mg
  •                 Phosphorous –150 mg
  •                 Potassium – 90 mg

The approximate content in our original PEA protein (per serving):

  •                 Magnesium – 160 mg
  •                 Phosphorous –150 mg
  •                 Potassium – 50 mg

The approximate content in our chocolate PEA protein (per serving):

  •                 Magnesium – 180 mg
  •                 Phosphorous – 200 mg
  •                 Potassium – 170 mg

 

Are the protein supplements safe to consume during nursing or pregnancy?2016-10-27T16:07:18+00:00

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.

What is “Oryzatein®”?2016-03-30T17:54:25+00:00

Oryzatein® is a trade name for our organic brown rice protein ingredient. Oryzatein is protein extracted from organic brown rice.

Is your brown rice sprouted?2013-10-25T01:15:26+00:00

Yes, our organic rice grains are soaked in water and sprouted before the extraction process.

Where are your products made?2014-10-31T19:05:49+00:00

All of our products manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Where is your organic brown rice grown and how to do you manage the quality?2014-07-23T21:11:47+00:00

Growing Naturals takes pride in having complete control of production, from the rice seed to the finished product. We work with local farmers in various countries to create dedicated Organic fields. The brown rice is then shipped to the United States where it is blended with Organic ingredients to create a finished product. The formulations (or recipes), and the production facility where the ingredients are blended together are in Utah. All of 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.

Other than the organic brown rice protein, is there any sort of fruit pectin that make up the product?2013-10-25T01:14:13+00:00

No. There is no fruit pectin in any of our products.

In your organic rice protein powder (chocolate and vanilla flavor), does the sea salt contain iodine?2013-10-25T01:13:55+00:00

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.

There are many dark spots in my chocolate rice protein powder. What are they and is it safe to consume?2013-10-25T01:13:18+00:00

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.

Is there a scoop included in the products sold in a bag?2018-01-11T15:51:16+00:00

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.

Can you store the rice protein in a glass jar/in sunlight?2013-10-25T01:12:27+00:00

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.

I received my canister today but noticed it was only half full. Is that normal?2013-10-25T01:12:13+00:00

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.

Are there any online retailers that ship your products internationally?2013-10-25T01:09:06+00:00

Fortunately yes. Please check individually with iherb.comamazon.com or netrition.com for pricing, availability of product and their international shipping policies.

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:

Europe
Aggressive Health Shop
http://www.aggressivehealthshop.com/products-1/supplements/growing-naturals.html

France
EURL VITAFORCE
FOGEL Stéphane
25/35 avenue Sergent Gabriel Jourdan
83100 Toulon
France
Phone # 0603710073
Web: www.bioprice.fr/magasin-produit-bio/eurl-vitaforce

Australia
Awesome Health Foods
www.awesomehealthfoods.com.au

New Zealand
Ceres Organics
www.ceres.co.nz

Chile
Bio Solutions S.A.
Nueva de Lyon 145, of 401
Providence
Santiago, Chile
Web: www.organisk.cl
Email: organisk@organisk.cl

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!

What stores are you sold in?2013-10-25T01:04:50+00:00

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 info@growingnaturals.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.

How can I purchase Growing Naturals products?2018-01-11T15:51:16+00:00

You’re in the right place. You can do some research and make a purchase, all right here. If you sign up as a Growing Groupie we will be able to keep you up to date on which new products are up and coming, where all our products are available and how best to enjoy them.

What makes Growing Naturals products different?2016-03-30T17:53:07+00:00

As a general rule, all Growing Naturals products are allergen-friendly, thus they can be enjoyed by everyone, especially people with food allergies. Each product is special in its own category, featuring something different that you can’t find elsewhere. With our proteins it’s foremost that we have created the only rice isolate (90%).

What does it mean that Growing Naturals products are Allergen-Free?2013-10-25T00:57:16+00:00

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.