08 July, 2011
Rice protein powder is a nutritional supplement that can be added to a variety of meals or drinks to boost protein levels. It is produced by isolating the proteins from brown, white or whole grain rice and is an excellent alternative to other protein powders, such as whey. Rice protein powder is good for body builders, vegetarians and anyone suffering from gastrointestinal problems.
Protein is a vital for balanced diet, but it is often difficult to find high-protein foods that are nutritionally balanced. Along with protein, rice powder provides essential amino acids, vitamins B and E, fiber and carbohydrates. Rice powder lacks fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium. Rice protein powder can be used to supplement any type of meal, mixed with smoothies or protein shakes or added to soups and salads. There are limitless options for incorporating rice powder into an average diet.
Rice protein powder is hypoallergenic. This means it will not irritate the stomach and is easier to digest than other sources of protein. People with gastrointestinal ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, or who are lactose intolerant find it difficult to digest meat, dairy and other sources of protein. Rice protein is a good alternative to these foods.
Vegetarians may find it difficult to maintain adequate protein levels because fruits and vegetables are low in protein and meat is often the primary source of protein in an average diet. Rice protein powder is a good way to supplement protein levels while adhering to a vegetarian diet.
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