Rice ingredient could bring grain claim to protein bars

By Lorraine Heller

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags Nutrition

A new ingredient made from rice could allow protein bar
manufacturers to make grain claims on their products, say
scientists at US food research company CRM.

Creative Research Management (CRM) is marketing its new product, RiceLife, as an ingredient that retains all the protein, bran oils, vitamins, fibre and carbohydrates found in whole grain unpolished brown rice.

The company claims RiceLife can be used as an additional ingredient in protein bars, allowing each bar to contain the nutritional properties of one portion of brown wholegrain rice.

"RiceLife is essentially the conversion of whole brown rice into either a powder or a liquid product. It is only the form of the rice that changes, all other components remain the same,"​ said Rick Ray, the company's vice president of sales and marketing.

"It can be used in soy protein bars to include some of the amino acids missing from soy. Some manufacturers who have tested the product have found that it can produce a light, fluffy product similar to a candy bar,"​ Ray told FoodNavigator-USA.com.

"Once we have conducted further tests on the product's protein interactions we will also introduce it to candy manufacturers, for use in healthy alternatives to candy bars,"​ he added.

The product, which was launched in August, has already generated interest from many of the US's major food companies, claimed Ray, although he would not reveal any further details.

CRM said it will start by targeting the health and nutrition sector of the market with its new ingredient, but expects it to gain a wider appeal as the market changes in response to consumers' increasing health awareness.

If RiceLife, which can also be used as a dairy replacer for ice cream and yoghurt products, does indeed carry the properties its manufacturers claim, it could mark a significant step in the development of health enhancing product alternatives.

Until now, food manufacturers, such as Danisco, have focused on the use of soy as a dairy replacer in yoghurts, but this tends to have a distinct taste and mouthfeel that does not appeal to many consumers.

Related topics Processing & Packaging Ingredients

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Dairy proteins now available from Univar Solutions

Dairy proteins now available from Univar Solutions

Content provided by Univar Solutions | 20-Sep-2023 | White Paper

Foodology by Univar Solutions proudly partners with Leprino Nutrition as their North American distributor of nutritional ingredients and dairy products.

Clean Label Ingredients for Shelf-Life Extension

Clean Label Ingredients for Shelf-Life Extension

Content provided by Lesaffre | 19-Sep-2023 | White Paper

Product waste skyrockets without anti-staling agents and mold inhibitors. But consumers are scrutinizing labels more than ever before. How can you have...

Sustainability Claims Impact on Consumer Purchases

Sustainability Claims Impact on Consumer Purchases

Content provided by ADM | 07-Sep-2023 | Insight Guide

Discover what consumers say about sustainability claims versus what they do in the grocery aisle. Find out in this can’t-miss proprietary study from ADM:...

Cost-effective & efficient: Angel Prebake Solution

Cost-effective & efficient: Angel Prebake Solution

Content provided by Angel Yeast – Yeast and Baking Ingredients | 31-Jul-2023 | White Paper

After years of systematic research and practical application in the production process and essential ingredients for frozen dough, Angel's pre-bake...

Related suppliers

Follow us


View more