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Supplement Review: Growing Naturals Rice Protein – yes protein made from rice! What will they think of next??? *

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Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein Isolate

Growing Naturals is making great-tasting, good-for-you products available to all people, including this unique protein which features:

Smooth Taste & Delicious Flavor
Only Rice Protein Isolate (90%)
24 grams Vegan Protein per serving
Excellent Amino Acid Profile
Sprouted & Enzymatically Processed
Soy & Corn-Free
Dairy & Lactose-Free
Low Sodium
High Bioavailability
High Absorption
Cholesterol-Free
Kosher

Our Benefits Unleash the Possibilities

Great Whey Substitute: Rice protein that’s been clinically shown to be as good as whey at building muscle.
The Only Rice Protein Isolate: More dairy-free protein per scoop for your buck, at 90% levels and fewer carbs.
100% More Protein: Double what most competitors offer at 24 grams / serving of bioavailable protein.
The Raw Protein: Using raw proteins, we boost digestibility and energy production.
Leading Gluten Free Charge: Only protein source endorsed by the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Only Smooth Rice Protein: A proprietary process creating a non-chalky, silky texture, leaving consumers wanting more.
Certified Organic: Consuming organic is part of a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

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Our Benefits Unleash the Possibilities

Great Whey Substitute: Rice protein that’s been clinically shown to be as good as whey at building muscle.
The Only Rice Protein Isolate: More dairy-free protein per scoop for your buck, at 90% levels and fewer carbs.
100% More Protein: Double what most competitors offer at 24 grams / serving of bioavailable protein.
The Raw Protein: Using raw proteins, we boost digestibility and energy production.
Leading Gluten Free Charge: Only protein source endorsed by the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Only Smooth Rice Protein: A proprietary process creating a non-chalky, silky texture, leaving consumers wanting more.
Certified Organic: Consuming organic is part of a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

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The benefits of rice protein don’t fall far from that of it’s source, brown rice. As a hypoallergenic whole grain food, brown rice owes much of its health benefits to the nutrients within each one of its layers.

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INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC SPROUTED WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE PROTEIN ISOLATE, ORGANIC COCOA, ORGANIC SPROUTED WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE SYRUP SOLIDS, ORGANIC FLAVOR, ORGANIC GUAR GUM, ORGANIC GUM ARABIC,ORGANIC STEVIA, SEA SALT, ORGANIC SUNFLOWER OIL. Organic flavor not derived from corn, soy or gluten.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Scoop (34g)
Servings Per 1lb Canister: Approx. 14
Servings Per 2X Canister: Approx. 28
Servings Per Single Serve Packet: 1
Amount Per Serving %DV*
Calories 120 Calories from
Fat 5
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% • Iron 15%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC SPROUTED WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE PROTEIN ISOLATE, ORGANIC SPROUTED WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE SYRUP SOLIDS, ORGANIC FLAVOR, ORGANIC GUAR GUM, ORGANIC GUM ARABIC, ORGANIC STEVIA, SEA SALT, ORGANIC SUNFLOWER OIL. Organic flavor not derived from corn, soy or gluten.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Scoop (31g)
Servings Per 1lb Canister: Approx. 15
Servings Per 2X Canister: Approx. 30
Servings Per Single Serve Packet: 1
Amount Per Serving %DV*
Calories 110 Calories from
Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 0% • Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% • Iron 15%
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
growingnaturals.com

Ok so first off I’m astounded at how you can make protein powder from Rice! So I asked the company how:

“I’m still amazed… Protein made from rice?? Can you explain how that’s possible? Without divulging your secrets. If it’s one gram of protein per 1/4 cup of rice, how much rice do you have to process just for one tub of protein, it doesn’t seem cost effective for you?”

Their answer:

“Great questions! Rice protein is actually a by-product of producing rice syrup (sweetener derived from rice). I’m sure you’re familiar with corn syrup in the US, but worldwide, rice syrup is actually the preferred sweetener. The raw rice grains are basically fractioned—the starch/sugar content is removed to make rice syrup and the protein content is left behind which is then pulverized and dried to make the basic protein powder. Then we add flavoring, sweetener, etc. to make our finished product.

I’m not sure how it calculates down to how much raw rice to produce 1 tub of rice protein, but nothing ever goes to waste as rice syrup is always in high demand. And as long as that’s the case, we will always have rice protein supplements to make”

So now we know how they make it, lets get to the preliminary review:

Mixability: 8/10 there’s a little bit of white flecks in the bottle.
Smell: 7/10 doesn’t smell to great
Taste: 8/10 tastes a lot better than it smells, but it leaves a residue coating on the inside of your mouth and behind your teeth that I wasn’t so happy about, but one sip of water washed it away easily.

It definitely wasn’t like the liquid lecithin that I couldn’t get off the roof of my mouth! I almost wanted to cry lmao!

Overall; I think it’s a good (possible) whey substitute! Stay tuned for a complete review and see how this works over time! That way we are sure!

**Update** May 11th 2014
Last week I mixed vanilla and Chocolate rice protein together and it wasn’t bad.

This week I am mixing one scoop of Rice protein with one scoop of Whey Isolate so I get a time released post workout recovery shake. Lets see how that works out!

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