Plant-based Rice Protein Equal To Animal-based Whey Protein
The findings of a double blind study showed for the first time that plant-based rice protein has identical benefits to dairy-based whey protein. The study used Growing Naturals' Organic Rice Protein made with Axiom Food's Oryzatein, with a controlled population of bodybuilders and measured how they built muscle and experienced rates of repair and soreness. The study was published by the Nutrition Journal (6/19/13) and acknowledged by sports nutrition experts at the International Society of Sports Nutrition's 10th Annual Conference (6/14-15/13) and the Nutrition and Exercise Summit (7/10-13/13). Oryzatein was chosen for the study for its unique qualities, foremost being the hexane-free fractioning process used to isolate protein from whole grain brown rice. The paper of the study in the Nutrition Journal was so well received, it was awarded the status of #1 most "highly accessed."
"Previously, studies have shown that animal-derived protein had a different effect on muscle growth than plant-based protein such as soy," said Dr. Jaeger. "This has changed. We found that rice protein isolate administration post resistance exercise decreases fat-mass and increases lean body mass, muscle hypertrophy, power and strength comparable to whey protein isolate."