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Why Rice Protein2019-04-26T18:52:25+00:00
Why rice protein benefits

At 15 grams of protein per serving, brown rice protein powder has many benefits for health and fitness, for all diets and lifestyles. It provides a rich and convenient source of plant protein for vegans, vegetarians and others who follow restricted diets.  Being allergen-friendly, it is suitable for individuals with dairy, soy and/or gluten allergies.  Like other protein sources, brown rice protein can assist in weight loss or weight management, with the advantage of being very low fat and low calorie.  Preliminary research has tied rice protein to fat loss and lowered cholesterol. Recent research has also indicated rice protein can help with recovery and gains in muscle when taken after exercise.  For more info on these studies, please visit our GNstudies page.  As always consult your Physician or Registered Dietitian before adding any protein supplement to your diet.

Complete amino acid profileExcellent Amino Acid Profile Amino acids are the building blocks of muscle, body tissue, the immune system and hormones in the body (among other things). Rice protein contains all essential amino acids, that is amino acids that cannot be synthesized within the human body, thus need to be supplied by the diet.  As a grain-derived protein, rice protein is especially high in cystine and methionine. Despite differences in the amino acid profile to other protein sources, rice protein has been clinically shown as good as whey at building and supporting muscle mass, strength and aiding in exercise recovery.

Tested Low MetalsLow in Heavy Metals Being grown in soil, all plant foods have infinitesimal levels of heavy metals that are naturally occurring and thus inevitable to consume. Even the healthiest foods such as spinach, avocados, peanut butter, asparagus, kale and lettuce contain these trace metals. However, it is most important to remember that the benefits of these foods far outweigh and are protective against any consequences that may be attributed to the trace metal levels. Growing naturals sources rice from Majesty Cambodian Jasmine Rice, which was given the world’s best rice award for the 2nd year in a row by The Rice Trader. The rice protein is FDA GRAS (generally recognized as safe) approved which also means it has gone through extensive testing and has been deemed non-toxic and safe. We test every batch of our rice protein for metals to make sure they are low as possible and make results available to inquiring customers.

vegetarian & veganVegetarian and Vegan Brown rice protein powder provides a supplemental source of dietary protein for vegetarians and/or vegans who cannot use animal proteins. Due to advances in protein processing methods, rice protein can naturally and successfully be separated from the whole rice grain. Our rice protein powders contain 15g of protein per one scoop serving. Rice protein powder is an easy and convenient way to help fill any nutritional gaps in vegan and vegetarian diets.

allergen-friendlyAllergen-Friendly Some individuals simply cannot tolerate egg, milk and soy-derived protein due to allergies. For example, the milk proteins such as whey, casein, lactoferrin can cause severe allergic reactions that result in effects ranging from nausea, diarrhea/vomiting to even anaphylactic shock.  Brown rice protein powder is suitable for almost any user. It is a naturally free of gluten and rye, barley or wheat-derived ingredients that some manufacturers add to powders or products. Our brown rice protein is also free of artificial colors, sweeteners or fillers, which can  cause similar allergic reactions to many.

Muscle recoveryMuscle Recovery & Strength Muscles are structures made mostly from protein. Intense physical training or simple every day activities can cause muscle to breakdown, so protein is needed in part to support muscle mass. GN rice protein is 100% digestible and contains essential amino acids needed to rebuild tissue. It has been clinically studied to be as effective as whey protein for building and maintaining muscle mass, building strength and aiding with recovery in college athletes and more recently in pro-athletes.  Another study  looking at rice protein’s absorption kinetics showed the amino acids are delivered to the body over an extended amount of time vs. whey, although leucine from rice protein is individually taken into the bloodstream faster than leucine from whey. Leucine is the key amino acid that triggers muscle building.  These results could mean muscles both start building faster and rebuild for a longer period of time thanks to rice protein.

Fat burner Thermic Effect of Protein Proteins have a “thermic” effect, meaning that they create heat in the body through the process of digestion.  In fact, protein increases your metabolic rate by 15–30%, compared to 5–10% for carbs and 0–3% for fats.  With protein having the highest thermic effect, digestion burns more calories than normal with a meal high in protein. So building a weight loss strategy around lean sources of protein like brown rice protein makes nutritional sense.

Balance blood sugar

Blood Sugar Dietary protein has another important effect on your weight loss efforts.  Normally, blood sugar rises after a carbohydrate based food thereby causing the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin to facilitate the storage of circulating nutrients. But when a food or meal is too rich in sugar or simple carbs (e.g. candy, baked goods, etc.), insulin spikes dramatically and can trigger fat storage and lead to insulin resistance. This can also lead to subsequent drastic drops in blood sugar which result in fatigue.  Consuming or combining enough protein with a meal helps to regulate this blood sugar and insulin effect and helps prevent body fat storage.

Growing Naturals Chocolate Power Protein Pancake Cooking with Rice Protein Rice protein can be used in either hot or cold recipes.  Heat will not destroy the protein, it simply denatures the protein, which means the chemical structure changes (like when eggs turn solid as they are cooked).  As long as what you are cooking/baking is not burned or overcooked, the protein is still usable by the body. So feel free to add rice protein to your next batch of muffins or vegetarian casseroles, or click below for more recipe ideas!