Brown rice protein is dairy, lactose, gluten, and GMO-free. It is made from extracting rice proteins from sprouted brown rice.
Although its carbohydrates are slightly higher than the non-vegan protein versions, rice protein is easily digested and is gentle on the stomach making it ideal for those with allergies or food sensitivities.
Rice protein powder is an excellent supplemental source of dietary protein for vegetarians and vegans that cannot use animal or milk-based proteins.
In addition to protein bars, it can be used in just about any baked goods, soups, smoothies and protein shakes.
With one of the most complete amino acid profiles (similar to that of human breast milk), rice protein is suitable for muscle growth and recovery in athletes.
Benefits of Brown Rice Protein
- Hypo-Allergenic: Great for individuals who cannot tolerate egg, milk and soy-derived protein due to allergies. It also contains no gluten.
- Clean: No artificial colors, sweeteners or fillers.
- Aids Muscle Recovery: Brown rice contains amino acids, the building blocks of proteins structures in muscles. Physical activity can cause the muscles to breakdown. The body uses dietary proteins to provide the amino acids for rebuilding your muscles.
- Fat Burning: Increasing dietary protein intake with supplements like brown rice protein powder speeds up fat burning thanks to proteins’ thermic effect, creating heat in the body via digestion. You burn more calories after eating a high protein meal as proteins take a lot of energy to digest.
- Blood Sugar: Blood sugar spikes in response to meals causing the pancreas to secrete more insulin to facilitate the storage of circulating nutrients. Taking in more protein with a meal helps balance blood sugar and insulin secretion, preventing body fat storage.
Overall, a large majority of vegan protein bar recipes use either brown rice protein alone, or combined with pea protein. The benefit of combining vegan proteins together is that they become a complete protein this way (contain all essential amino acids).
The major disadvantage of using brown rice protein over a non-vegan source (whey, collagen, or egg white) is that its strong ‘earthy flavor’ will distract from other flavors in your protein bar.
All of the protein bar recipes listed below contain organic brown rice protein as an ingredient: