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Rice Protein

Gone are the days when rice protein came with loads of starch, because let's face it, whole rice does contain only small amount of protein. A United States Department of Agriculture search reveals that cooked Long Grain Brown Rice, Cooked, contains a mere 2.74% protein. This is quite a difference to the 80% protein content found in many rice protein powders today, which highlights the advancements in manufacturing and processing of this popular worldwide dietary staple. Many rice protein products have other plant-based protein sources added, such as pea protein, to improve palatability.



So you may be thinking at this point: what's the quality of the protein like? And how about digestibility? And these are always great questions to ask. Clinical trials have indicated that rice protein is in fact a medium-absorption protein. This means it takes a moderate amount of time to digest the protein powder and absorb the amino acids. Examples of other absorption times are whey protein isolate and concentrates, which are fast absorption, and casein, which is slow absorption. Now, in terms of quality, we would need to compare all nine of the essential amino acids to the human requirement, not only in quantity, but in their proportion to each other, as they work together as a team. The human body has quite refined amino acid needs. This means, it is sensitive to the amount and the ratios of amino acids that it responds to. However, a quick assessment indicates that for an 80.5% rice protein powder, 41.3% of that figure is essential amino acids. Compare this to a whey protein concentrate and isolate blend with a protein percentage of 78.1%, which contains an essential amino acid content of 36.6%. This means that Rice Protein is looking pretty darn good! POWER to PLANT-POWDER!



So if you're ready to go plant based, or are simply looking for a low-allergy protein powder, rice protein is an excellent nutritional powder to try. 

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