Each ingredient used in Growing Naturals products is thoughtfully chosen to support your healthy lifestyle no matter if it’s organic, vegan, raw, Kosher, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, allergen-friendly, non-GMO, low calorie, low fat, low sugar or just “better than it used to be”. We truly believe that eating right can still taste good, so while all products have ingredients that feed the body what it needs, some also have ingredients to tantalize the taste buds. We give you the choice of how pure you’d like to go.
While all ingredients are carefully selected, we are most proud of our rice-based ingredients. From planting of the kernels to packaging of the finished product, we are a part of the loving-process of naturally producing all rice-based ingredients so that we can guarantee you are receiving the highest quality nutrition on your table. Naturally organic ingredients are inherently inconsistent, just as Mother Nature made them. Since our ingredients are not chemically modified, we cannot guarantee that the color, intensity of flavor, etc. will be exactly the same in every batch. What we can guarantee is the most naturally beneficial and great tasting ingredients are made available to you.
Organic Brown Rice Protein – Oryzatein®
Our signature ingredient and the main ingredient in our line of Rice Proteins. Concentrated to 80% protein, and monitored by Growing Naturals from field to shelf, this protein is enzymatically extracted from whole grain brown rice in a chemical-free, low heat, organic process. Our line of Rice Proteins are also some of the smoothest on the market compared to other products, having eliminated most of the “grit” by filtering through an extremely fine mesh. This allergen-friendly, non-GMO plant protein has an excellent amino acid profile and is an ideal plant protein source. It is also the only rice protein which has been included in a University-based clinical trial as well as a clinical trial on elite MMA athletes showing its effectiveness for recovery and gains in muscle when taken after strength exercises.
Pea Protein – VegOtein™
Most novel and increasingly popular, this is the major ingredient in our line of Pea Proteins. At >80% protein, our high quality pea protein ingredient is produced from non-GMO, yellow field peas harvested from North America. Extracted using a chemical-free, mechanical process, pea protein features a powerful, highly digestible, unique array of amino acids, being especially high in lysine and arginine. This protein is also one of the most environmentally friendly, considering the peas are grown without using nitrogen rich fertilizers which can runoff or pollute the environment. Mild in flavor and creamy in texture, this protein is great as a stand alone or the perfect complement to our line of rice proteins.
Organic Brown Rice Powder
Similar to rice flour, this unique allergen-friendly, dairy-free, dry ingredient, is produced from the highest quality non-GMO, unpolished brown rice, which is known to contain beneficial nutrients like protein, bran, fiber, and carbohydrates. Owing to its source, the carbohydrates in this rice-based ingredient are mostly complex, providing a source of slow-digesting energy. This ingredient is used in small quantities in our vanilla and chocolate pea proteins adding to taste and the smooth mouth feel of the products.
Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
Used in minimal quantities and featured in our flavored Pea Protein products, coconut palm sugar is the perfect complement to organic stevia as well as the natural soft pea taste. This sustainable, allergen-friendly sugar is derived from the sap of the coconut palm tree. According to the Phillipine Department of Agriculture, the glycemic index of coconut sugar is 35 (low) compared to table sugar which scores around 60. Unlike table sugar, coconut sugar is not refined and thus retains some beneficial minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc and iron.
Organic Brown Rice Syrup Solids – Oryza®
A fancy name for brown rice sugar. This 100% natural, crystallized brown rice syrup is derived from whole rice grains in an allergen-friendly, organic process. It is primarily composed of glucose with a glycemic index of 98, which can aid in the absorption of electrolytes or nutrients like protein. Added in very minimal quantities to our Rice Proteins only to compliment Stevia’s unique flavor, it will not cause a spike in blood sugar due to the presence of protein. Together Oryza and Stevia can help people kick their sugar habits.
This additive-free flavor enhancer is created naturally as ocean water evaporates. Historically called bay salt or solar salt, sea salt contains minerals that table salt does not contain naturally, including iron, iodine, sulfur and magnesium. While some people try to maintain a salt-free diet, natural salt, even in small quantities is a source of minerals that are essential to our health.
Organic Cocoa Powder
All-natural, GRAS approved and deliciously rich, this chocolate ingredient flavors our chocolate Rice Protein. It is naturally high in antioxidants and flavonoids (plant pigment compounds noted for their anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits). Several thousand flavonoids exist in substantial amounts in common plant-based foods, such as tea, chocolate, soybeans, wine and of course cocoa. Studies suggest that some flavonoids might protect against certain chronic diseases, especially cardiovascular disease. Never using Sanchez beans, which are un-fermented, low-cost fillers in low quality cocoa products, you’ll find Growing Naturals is your answer to fat-free, low sugar alternative to that chocolate fix you’re looking to cure. Keep your eyes open for more chocolate-flavored products to come.
Natural Flavors (vanilla, strawberry or chocolate)
This seemingly mysterious ingredient is included in our vanilla, chocolate and strawberry pea and New Premium rice proteins. Our flavors are all plant-based ingredients which help to create a clean but delicious taste without the use of expensive “extracts”. They are non-GMO based and typically composed of an allergen-free carrier (90%) like tapioca root flour or maltodextrin and essential oils or essences (10%) from ingredients like cocoa beans, vanilla beans and strawberries. The combination either adds to the flavor enjoyment or helps off-set inherent after-tastes certain ingredients. This is once again part of Growing Naturals pledge that foods that are good for you can also taste good.
Organic Guar Gum
The Growing Naturals team put a lot of thought and research into gum selection. Gums are key to rice proteins having a smooth texture and easy digestion. Used as fiber sources for many years, Guar gum comes from the seeds of the guar bean and is known to have a better stomach effect. It is also allergen-free, unlike Xanthan Gum which carries risks for some, as it is grown off of corn syrup in the US. Inherently not raw due to their production process, Growing Naturals uses gums in extremely small amounts in the line of Premium Rice Proteins.
Organic Gum Acacia (Arabic)
Acacia, alternately known as gum arabic is a fiber gathered from acacia trees typically found in the Sahelian region of Africa. Used for purely functional rather than dietary purposes, tiny amounts of gum acacia are found in all Premium Rice Proteins (except the chocolate flavor) in order to provide an enhanced mouthfeel when mixing the powders with a liquid.
Organic Sunflower Oil
Used only in Strawberry and Original unflavored Premium Rice formulas, organic sunflower oil powder is added in minimal quantities in order to offset some natural foaming that results from mixing the protein with water. Amounts are so minimal that there is no dietary effect or changes in nutritional information with the addition of the oil.