Why Rice Protein
Rice protein powder has many benefits for health and fitness, for all diets and lifestyles. As always consult your Physician or Registered Dietitian before adding any protein supplement to your diet. Here are all the reasons rice protein powder is the best choice for food allergies or sensitive stomachs and why it's equal to, or better than whey, soy and other plant proteins.
Plus, there's more! Our rice protein is also:
- PURE. Single-source protein from rice ideal for blending, baking and more
- PROTEIN RICH. 1 scoop → 15g protein | 2 scoops → 30g protein
- NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED
- LOW-FODMAP TESTED. Great for FODMAP sensitive stomachs at any serving size
- CLEAN LABEL. Few added ingredients and nothing artificial!
- VERSATILE. Ideal for almost all diets from Keto to Weight Watchers
Free from Top 9 Allergens and Gluten. Millions of adults and children simply can't eat eggs, milk or soy-based protein foods because of allergies. Thousands more have food sensitivities or intolerances to things like lactose (the milk sugar found in whey protein or milk), that can result in unwanted side effects like nausea, bloating, diarrhea or vomiting. Being derived from rice, the most allergen-friendly food, rice protein is suitable for almost any user. It's also naturally free-from and 3rd-party lab-tested gluten-free.
100% Plant-Based Protein Brown rice protein powder provides a rich source of dietary protein for flexitarians, vegetarians and vegans who avoid animal proteins or may be limited with whole plant sources for getting enough protein each day. Rice protein is processed naturally (and without the use of chemicals) from whole brown rice grown and harvested throughout the world.
Clinically Proven as Good as Whey for Muscle Building and Recovery. Rice protein is supported by 4 clinical studies to date showing it to be as effective as whey protein for building and maintaining muscle mass, building strength and aiding with recovery in both college athletes (2013 and 2020 studies) and pro-athletes. Because of these incredible findings, Growing Naturals Rice Protein is patented for use in sport nutrition! 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. Not only does rice protein build muscle as good as whey but it's better than whey because there's no gas or bloating!
Rice Protein is Highly Digestible. Not only is rice protein easy on the stomach, it's also 100% digestible. Protein digestibility tells how well a protein will get absorbed into the body. Unlike eating whole brown rice (which may not be as digestible), we've increased the digestibility of our concentrated rice protein by removing most of its native starch and fiber. And we've third party lab-tested it to confirm.
Excellent Amino Acid Profile Rice protein provides a unique array of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle, body tissue (including skin, hair and nails), the immune system, some hormones, DNA/RNA, and enzymes that help your body function normally. As a grain-derived protein, rice protein is especially high in cystine and methionine, which have antioxidant properties and play a role in helping remove toxins from the body.
Good for Muscle Building & Recovery Together the BCAAs (Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine) make up 40% of the daily requirement for essential amino acids in humans. This means your body needs them in relatively greater quantities than the remaining six essential amino acids. They're called "branched-chain" because their chemical structure resembles tree branches. BCAAs help with muscle recovery and are primarily absorbed and broken down for energy within the muscle. This is why they're so important for athletes or exercise enthusiasts. GN rice protein provides about 2.8 grams BCAAs per 15g protein!
Rice Protein provides 10-20% of Your Daily Iron Needs per Scoop Iron plays a key role in making sure your body functions as it should. It's needed for the transport of oxygen throughout the body (so you don't feel tired) and also plays a role in immune and brain health. The iron found in antioxidant-rich plant foods like brown rice is known as non-heme iron. Non-heme iron isn't as well absorbed as the iron from animal protein, but it may be better for you than heme iron. Plus, you can significantly improve the absorption of it by combining it with vitamin C, citric acids (found in lemon/lime/orange juice) or lactic acid (often found in yogurts). In unrestricted diets, iron absorption can be increased when consuming it with animal-based protein.
Rice Protein Wont Raise Your Blood Sugar Blood sugar normally rises gradually after a carbohydrate-rich food, causing the pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that helps the body absorb circulating sugar and 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. Rice proteins contain only 1-2g sugar along with15g protein per serving. With the ratio of protein to carbs being significantly higher, a rice protein shake will actually help to regulate blood sugar, offset insulin spikes and prevent fatigue. In general, high protein and high fiber foods help to regulate blood sugar.
Cooking with Rice Protein Rice protein powder is an easy and and convenient way of adding plant-based protein to almost any meal, hot or cold. It's neutral taste means you wont even know it's in there! Sprinkle it into oatmeal, add a tablespoon into yogurt or a scoop into a plant-based soup. Don't worry, heat wont "destroy the protein", it simply denatures it, which means the chemical structure changes (like when eggs turn solid as they are cooked). As long as what you're cooking or baking isn't burned or overcooked, the protein is still usable by the body. So feel free to get creative with it in the kitchen!
Other Articles & Research on Rice Protein
- 14 Myths and Truths about Rice Protein
- Rice Protein as Good as Whey in Athletes
- Rice Protein Improves Body Weight, Fat Mass and Reduces TG levels: Animal data
- Rice Protein Lowers Cholesterol in Rats due to Digestibility