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Maxines Pure Protein
 
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About Rice Protein

Gone are the days when rice protein products came packed full of starch. A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) search reveals that cooked long-grain brown rice  contains a mere 2.74% protein, which is quite a difference from the 80% protein content found in rice protein powders today. This highlights the advancements in manufacturing and processing of this popular worldwide dietary supplement. Many rice protein products have other plant-based protein sources added as well, such as pea protein, to improve palatability and strengthen the amino acid profile.

 

Clinical trials have indicated that rice protein is a medium-absorption protein. This means it takes a moderate amount of time to digest and absorb the amino acids into our blood. Examples of other absorption times are whey protein isolate and concentrates, which are fast absorption, and casein, which is slow absorption. Therefore, rice protein powder may be used any time of the day, be it before bed with casein products or post-workout to support recovery. Plant protein powders tend to be slightly slower absorption than whey protein due to their content of naturally ocurring fibre.

 

In terms of quality, it is always best to compare the essential amino acid values to the human requirement, not only in quantity but in their proportion to each other, as they work as a team. The human body is sensitive to the amount and the ratios of amino acidsin a food or drink. 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 strong, at least in terms of its EAA total values.

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