Brown Rice Protein - 3 Things You Didn’t Know
Have you considered incorporating Brown Rice Protein into your next protein powder? What about your next workout? Here are three facts that you may want to consider!
3 Things You Didn't Know About Brown Rice Protein
1 - Brown Rice Protein vs. Whey
In an 8 week long study, researchers at the University of Tampa found that when athletes were given rice protein post-resistance exercise there was an increase in lean body mass, decrease in fat-mass, increase in skeletal muscle growth, as well as enhanced power and strength in ways that were comparable to the results generated by whey protein usage.
While some studies, including this one, have noted that though the effects of rice protein are comparable to those of whey protein, they have also noted the tendency of rice-induced results to be every so slightly less than whey-induced results when the protein isolates are delivered in low doses. These findings are usually out weighed by the fact that these same studies have also found that, when given in larger or maximum doses, the effects of the two protein types are once again comparable if not equal.
2 - Brown Rice Protein as Opposed to Whey Protein "Grumbles"
It certainly isn't the most flattering or delicate of subjects, but the whey protein "grumbles" happen to be some of the most common side effects associated with whey protein. While the gas build up and flatulence that can result from whey (and other milk-based protein) usage has the potential to be rather embarrassing, they're generally recognized as harmless side effects.
But, for those who wish to rid themselves of the whey protein grumbles for good, brown rice protein (or any rice protein, for that matter) can serve as an excellent alternative. Essentially, rice proteins are hypoallergenic in nature; meaning that chances of rice proteins eliciting an allergic response in any form (be it the grumbles, stuffed sinuses, or mucus build-up in the throat) are slim to none.
3 - No Side Effects Here
Among other things, one of the most popular complaints about many plant proteins that consumers will have is that they're incomplete proteins – meaning that they don't contain all of the essential amino acids. As we established in our plant-based protein myth-busting piece, the fact that many of them are incomplete proteins doesn't actually have any negative impact on our body's ability to use them.
What's more, even if – hypothetically speaking – being an incomplete protein meant that the body had to process that protein differently, the majority of plant-based protein products available on the market today are fortified (usually with the help of a natural process like fermentation) to contain a complete amino acid profile.
For those who still want to take in all nine essential amino acids before their next workout with the help of a minimally processed protein, combining brown rice protein with pea protein may be an ideal solution. Where brown rice protein products have been recognized for their low levels of lysine (an essential amino recognized for its role in muscle building), pea proteins have been recognized for their relatively high levels of lysine. So what happens when you combine the two? You have a plant-based protein regiment that includes all nine essential amino acids.*
The Takeaway - Brown Rice Protein Powder, an Alternative to Whey!
Brown Rice Protein (sometimes with the help of pea protein) has the potential to offer athletes and fitness enthusiast the whey-based results that they're looking for, but without the grumbles and stomach troubles.
*Note: Due to the differences that may exist among the protein products that are on the market today, those looking to achieve a certain nutrition profile are advised to do their homework, check labels, and consult medical/nutritional professionals when necessary.
About the Author: Melissa DellaBartolomea
Melissa DellaBartolomea was the resident Content Marketing Specialist at NutraScience Labs from February 2016 to July 2018. Driven by a passion for the world of written, visual, and digital media, she's dedicated herself to keeping up with all things nutraceutical. From ingredient insights to the latest in contract manufacturing regulations and trends, her mission is to provide our readers (like you) with the stories and knowledge they need to fuel long-term growth and nutraceutical industry success.