Rice is a staple food that feeds the world, yet it is not commonly thought of as a source of protein. Rice protein is a protein isolate that can be treated with enzymes that will cause carbohydrates to separate from proteins, much like whey and soy proteins. As a protein, rice does not have the unpleasant taste that’s associated with whey and can take on several forms for consumption.
In addition, rice protein has many of the same benefits other plant-based proteins provide. Rice protein is:
- Gluten free.
- Made without soy, milk, eggs, wheat, nuts, and other sources of potential allergens.
- A source of essential amino acids, vitamins B and E, as well as fiber, while lacking fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium.
News Drill Down
- An article from One Green Planet lists 9 amino acids found in rice and other plant-based proteins.
- The Growing Naturals site talks about the benefits of rice proteins for several different focus groups.
- The FDA recently gave a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) rating to Axiom Foods’ Oryzatein®.
- An entry by the Nutrition Journal shows the effects of 8 weeks of whey or rice protein supplementation and how they are very similiar.
One Green Planet: Need Protein? Here are 9 Amino Acids Found Abundantly in Plants
Growing Naturals: Why Rice Protein
Axiom Food’s Press Release: Axiom Foods’ Oryzatein® Becomes First Rice Protein Ever to Earn GRAS Approval
Nutrion Journal: The effects of 8 weeks of whey or rice protein supplementation on body composition and exercise performance
The Prospector Database is rich with rice proteins…
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One Response to “News Brief: Rice as a protein source”
I’ve been on a gluten free diet, but it makes it tough to find a protein source. I didn’t realize that rice fit both of those prerequisites! That’s definitely something that I should look into getting more of.