Friday, July 31, 2015

Fit Tip Friday - Why choose Brown Rice protein?

I like brown rice protein best in my shakes because I feel less bloated and gassy. That is why I choose Vegan Shakeology.
Excellent Amino Acid Profile
Amino acids are the building blocks of muscle, body tissue, the immune system and hormones in the body (among other things). Rice protein contains all essential amino acids, that is amino acids that cannot be synthesized within the human body, thus need to be supplied by the diet.  As a grain-derived protein, rice protein is especially high in cystine and methionine. Despite differences in the amino acid profile to other protein sources, rice protein has been clinically shown as good as whey at building muscle, strength & aiding in exercise recovery.
Low in Heavy Metals
Not all rice proteins are created equal and the benefits outweigh the negatives. All plant foods have some levels of heavy metals that are naturally occurring including spinach, avocados, peanut butter, asparagus and even kale and lettuce.
Vegetarian and Vegan
Brown rice protein powder provides a supplemental source of dietary protein for vegetarians and/or vegans who cannot use animal proteins. Due to advances in protein extraction methods, brown rice protein can successfully be separated from the grain or starch. 
Some individuals simply cannot tolerate egg, milk and soy-derived protein due to allergies. For example, the milk proteins such as whey, casein, lactoferrin can cause severe allergic reactions that result in effects ranging from nausea, diarrhea/vomiting to even anaphylactic shock.  Brown rice protein powder is suitable for almost any user. It is a naturally free of gluten and rye, barley or wheat-derived ingredients that some manufacturers add to powders or products. 
Muscle Recovery & Strength
Muscles are structures made mostly from protein. Intense physical training or simply every day activities cause muscle to breakdown. The body uses dietary proteins to provide the amino acids for rebuilding your muscles. While the proteins of brown rice are more slowly digested than whey or egg proteins, brown rice still contains essential amino acids needed to rebuild tissue.  
 Thermic Effect of Protein
Proteins have a “thermic” effect, meaning that they create heat in the body through the process of digestion. Since proteins take a lot of energy to digest, you burn more calories after eating a meal high in protein. In fact, up to 30 percent of protein’s calories get burned through its digestion according to “The Abs Diet” by David Zinczenko. Building a weight loss strategy around lean sources of protein like brown rice powder makes nutritional sense.
Blood Sugar
Dietary protein has another important effect on your weight loss efforts. Blood sugar will spike in response to carbohydrate based foods thereby causing the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin to facilitate the storage of circulating nutrients. Large insulin spikes that result from high or simple carbohydrate-containing meals (e.g. white rice, white bread or sweets) may trigger fat storage and may lead to insulin resistance according to “The Fat Burning Bible” by Mackie Shilstone. This can also lead to subsequent drastic drops in blood sugar which result in fatigue.  Consuming or combining protein with a meal helps to regulate this blood sugar and insulin effect to potentially prevent body fat storage.

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