What Are The Benefits of Rice Protein Powder?
Chances are that you are reading this article already knowing some of the do’s and don’ts about using Protein Powder. Over the last five to ten years, Protein Powders have become more accessible to many of us, and there is now a bewildering variety of Protein Powders available on-line and in many health stores. Where they were used mainly by bodybuilders and serious athletes in the past, now all of us who want to work out regularly, or who are looking to lose, maintain or build weight, have access to Protein Powders.
First of all – why protein?
Because our bodies need it to function properly. Proteins, are a type of molecules, which in their turn are built up from long stands of amino acids, which form the “building blocks” of our organs, tissues and other cells in the body. Think skin, hair, nails, heart, muscles; in fact, just about everything that makes us! In addition, proteins are needed in the processes that help our bodies to function properly, including our digestive system, our immune system, and so on.
Some proteins are made in our body, but others we need to get from our food. Foods that are rich in proteins are meat, fish, dairy, eggs, nuts, beans and soya. In an ideal world, we would all get enough protein from our daily food intake to keep healthy. As a rough guide, an average person needs about 0.8 grams of protein per kilo of body weight. This means a person who weighs 100 kg needs to consume about 80 grams of protein per day.
So why use Protein Powder?
If you eat regularly and follow a healthy balanced diet, you probably won’t need to. People who may need some more protein added to their daily diet can be pregnant women, growing children and teens, athletes and those starting or upping their workout regimes, and people who follow certain diets that mean they may not get the complete range of proteins in their normal food intake.
What kinds of Protein Powders are there?
Basically, there are two main types – animal proteins (such as beef, egg, and milk) and plant or vegetable based proteins such as rice, pea and hemp proteins. Here we are talking about Rice Protein Powder, which is derived from sprouted brown rice. It has an amino acid profile that is closest to mother’s milk, yet is completely lactose free (ideal if you can’t or won’t use dairy products) and of course also very suitable for vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
What other benefits does Rice Protein Powder have?
As well as the abovementioned benefits, it is also worth keeping in mind that Rice Protein Powder is very low in fat (good if you are looking to keep an eye on the calories), and has more fibre per serving than some other Protein Powders such as whey or soy.
What does Rice Protein Powder taste like?
In itself, Rice Protein Powder does not have much of a taste, which makes it ideal for adding to fruit or vegetable ingredients to make smoothies or shakes, or to add it to recipes for healthy snacks, such as pancakes, cakes, muffins and breakfast recipes. However, Rice Protein Isolate and many other Rice Protein Powders don’t only come in Natural flavours, but also come in Vanilla and Chocolate flavours, which extends the range of delicious recipes it can be used in quite substantially.
How much Rice Protein Powder should I use per day?
That will depend on your age, lifestyle and reasons for taking the Rice Protein Powder. If you are getting at least a portion of your required protein intake from food, try supplementing it with two servings of Rice Protein Powder per day to start with, to see how it suits you. With an average of 24g of protein per 30g serving, two servings of Rice Protein Isolate will enable you to get over half your daily protein intake, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please always consult a medical professional if you are planning to use Rice Protein Powder for children under 15 or pregnant women.
|Data based on vanilla flavour||ND Naturals WPC||Rice Protein Isolate||Pea Protein Isolate||Soy Protein Isolate||ND Natural WPI|
|Protein per serve (g)||23||23.6||24.1||25.4||26.2|
|Type of protein/s||Whey||Vegetable||Vegetable||Vegetable||Whey|
|Carbs per serve (g)||4.2||4.8||2.5||1.8||2.2|
|Fat total per serve (g)||1.3||0.6||2.0||0.4||0.6|
|Sugars per serve (g)||3.4||0.6||0.6||1.0||1.6|
|Serving Size (g)||Stevia||Stevia||Stevia||Stevia||Stevia|
|Serves per kilo||Choc, Vanilla||Choc, Vanilla, Natural||Choc, Vanilla, Natural||Choc, Vanilla, Natural||Choc, Vanilla|
|Additional Premium Ingredients||30||30||30||30||30|
|Flavours||All natural flavours and sweetener||Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener||Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener||Vegetarian, all natural flavours and sweetener||All natural flavours and sweetener|