Growing Naturals Gluten Free Raw Rice Protein Powder and Pea Protein Review + Giveaway

About a month ago, Growing Naturals contacted me about reviewing their raw¬†gluten free brown rice isolate protein powder, as well as their yellow pea protein powder. They sent me 5 flavors: rice-original, rice-vanilla, rice-chocolate, yellow pea-original, and yellow pea-vanilla. The rice protein is made from sprouted rice, which is the healthiest way to consume grains. It contains more health benefits, as it is more alive, so to speak. Each morning I make a protein shake, so this was perfect for me, and it’s arsenic safe. Read on to learn more, and enter the giveaway to win 2 free 1 lb. canisters in vanilla and chocolate. Good luck!

Image: Gluten Free Raw Rice Protein Powder

My Review

I made myself double shots (2 teaspoons) of each flavor, mixed with chilled water, to really experience the flavor of these proteins. Besides water, you can mix them with any type of milk you prefer: almond, cow’s, rice milk, etc. Each flavor is sweetened with stevia, except for the pea-original, and the vanilla flavors have more than others, which I really enjoyed, and they were not at all¬†bitter, like some stevia brands. The original flavors are not sweet at all, despite the rice variety containing some. The original flavors would best go with a fruit shake. The chocolate flavors are just lightly sweetened. I just loved the vanilla flavors plain, even the pea protein, which tends to be a bit bitter.

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Gluten Testing

Growing Naturals tests each lot during production for less than 10ppm (parts per million) gluten.

Arsenic in Rice

After many communications to finalize the details of this review and giveaway, the rice/arsenic scare broke in the news. I requested additional information from Growing Naturals. Luckily for us, Growing Naturals immediately had their products tested. Because the FDA has not yet set a safe level of arsenic in food products in the United States, they can only report their findings, which are incredibly low, to me.

Their reports found that the levels of arsenic found in their products are either “not detectable” or less than 1 ppm (part per million), and this is only for organic arsenic because their products are organic (no concern fro pesticides, etc.). Organic arsenic is not deemed a risk. You see, there are 2 different types of arsenic, organic (found in soil, etc., and inorganic, found in pesticides, etc.). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set the maximum level for arsenic in water to be 1ppb (parts per billion), as they assume it may contain inorganic arsenic, which is deemed to be a higher risk. I see 1 ppm as very low because let’s face it, those with celiac disease who cannot tolerate gluten often consume up to 20 ppm gluten. In addition, the tests revealed that the products are below the food arsenic levels regulated by the UK, Australia and World health Organization (WHO).¬†For more information see Growing Naturals’¬†Arsenic in Brown Rice Products¬†and the Opinion Letter on Arsenic in Rice¬†by the person who tested their products, Wil Sumner, a former FDA Supervisor and consultant to the California State Attorney General’s Office and Prop.

As a side note, with my legal background, I can tell you, when an attorney writes an opinion letter, they are sticking their neck out, as it opens them to liable law suits, if they are incorrect. Therefore, attorneys are very careful in their accuracy in an opinion letter.

Raw Rice Protein Powder

The rice proteins are Organic, non-GMO, Raw, Gluten Free, Vegan, Allergen Free*, Whole Grain, Heart Healthy, 100% Natural, and Clean Label certified.

Sprouted and Enzymatically Processed, High Bioavability and Absorption, Sustained Release.

Protein 24g, Whey AA Correlation 96%, BCAA 5.0g, Glutamine & Precursors 4.6g, Carbs 4.0g, Sugar 1.0g.

INGREDIENTS AND VALUES

Rice Protein – Original

Organic Orzatein (Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein Isolate), Organic Oryza (Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Syrup Solids).

Protein 24g, Whey AA Correlation 96%, BCAA 5.0g, Glutamine & Precursors 4.6g, Sugar 0g, Low Gylcemic Index.

Rice Protein – Vanilla Blast

Organic Orzatein (Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein Isolate), Organic Oryza (Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brwon Rice Syrup Solids), Organic Flavor (not derived from corn or gluten), Organic Guar Gum, Organic Gum Arabic, Organic Stevia, Sea Salt.

Protein 24g, Whey AA Correlation 96%, BCAA 5.0g, Glutamine & Precursors 4.6g, Sugar Carbs 4.0g, 1.0g.

Rice Protein – Chocolate Power

Organic Orzatein (Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein Isolate), Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Oryza (Organic Sprouted Whole Grain Brwon Rice Syrup Solids), Organic Flavor (not derived from corn or gluten), Organic Guar Gum, Organic Gum Arabic, Organic Stevia, Sea Salt.

Protein 24g, Whey AA Correlation 96%, BCAA 5.0g, Glutamine & Precursors 4.6g, Carbs 5.0g, Sugar 1.0g.

Rice Protein – Strawberry Burst – Coming Soon!

 

Raw Pea Protein Powder

The pea proteins are Organic, Raw, Gluten Free, Vegan, Allergen Free, Whole Grain, Heart Healthy, 100% Natural, and Clean Label certified.

Excellent Digestibility, Higher Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) compared to other vegetable proteins, High in Argenine & Lysine Amino Acids.

Pea Protein – Original

Vegotein P¬ģ (Raw Non-GMO yellow Pea Protein)¬†Contains split peas which are a lentil legume.

Fat 1g, Carbs 1g, Sugar 1g, Cholesterol 0g. BCAA 3g, Protein 15g.

Pea Protein – Vanilla Blast

Vegotein P¬ģ (Raw Non-GMO yellow Pea Protein), Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Whole Grain brown Rice, Organic Vanila Flavor, Organic Stevia. Flavor not derived from corn or gluten. Contains split peas which are a lentil legume.

Fat 1g, Carbs 6g, Sugar 3g, Cholesterol 0g. BCAA 3g, Protein 15g.

Pea Protein – Chocolate Power Coming Soon!

Interested in purchasing some of their gluten free products? Get 20% your first order at Growing Naturals!

 

THE GLUTEN FREE GIVEAWAY

Eligibility

This giveaway is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

Prizes

One (1) lucky winner will each receive 2 1 lb. canisters of Growing Naturals Rice Isolate Protein Powder (1 of each flavor: vanilla and chocolate Рpictured above).

Valued at approximately $40.

How to Enter

Do step No. 1 below (mandatory), and then do additional steps for additional entries. Each comment counts as an entry.

  1. Comment on this post below, requesting to be entered in the giveaway and explain why you wish to enter. (mandatory).
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  3. Share this link:¬†http://glutenfreerecipebox.com/growing-naturals-rice-pea-protein-powder¬†on Facebook either by using the link above or by clicking ‚Äúshare‚ÄĚ on Facebook below or share it from my Facebook page; and leave a separate comment below stating what you did. (1 extra entry)
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  5. Tweet about this giveaway, using “@GFrecipebox“ in your tweet, along with this link http://glutenfreerecipebox.com/growing-naturals-rice-pea-protein-powder to the giveaway, and leave a separate comment below. (1 extra entry)
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What you should know

  • This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on October 13, 2012.
  • The winner will be announce on this page on October 14, 2012.
  • The winner will have until 11:59pm PST on October 17, 2012 to reply to the winner‚Äôs notification email to supply their U.S. shipping address and phone number. If they do not respond within that period of time, a new winner will be chosen. Therefore, use an email address you check often or check back to this site on October 14, 2012 to view the winner announcement. All shipping addresses, phone numbers and email addresses are kept confidential.
  • The winner is chosen at random using a contest software application.
  • The winner will be announced at the bottom of this page.

*Allergen Free is defined as free of the top 8 allergens: milk, wheat, soy, egg, tree nut, peanut, fish and shellfish.

Disclaimer: Growing Naturals provided me with free samples of their products to try, and I they were under no obligation to review them, if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a giveaway in return for the free products.

See all current Gluten Free Giveaways.

And the winner is…

Jacqlin

Congratulations Jacqlin! Please check your email and respond to the winner’s notification by¬†11:59 pm PST on October 17, 2012 and supply your shipping address and phone number. If you do not respond within that period of time, a new winner will be chosen.

76 Replies to “Growing Naturals Gluten Free Raw Rice Protein Powder and Pea Protein Review + Giveaway”

  1. Left a comment on the “Leaky Gut” article – extremely helpful for those of us with autoimmune issues & food allergies.

  2. I’m new to eating gluten, dairy and sugar free. I found this website and I’m interesting in entering this contest. I ‘liked’ your facebook page.

  3. I discovered your “Tips” on Pinterest and made a comment about how to prevent grittiness from rice flour in addition to repinning.

  4. I would like to enter this contest because I think this will be a perfect start to a gluten free day!

  5. Growing Naturals powder would be very helpful for me. I have food intolerances to gluten, dairy, and soy.

  6. I am now going gluten free due to my health and would love to be entered. Changing all my foods in the house. I liked you on FB my FB name is Carol Ann Hritz ( Carol Ann Geronemo)

  7. I’d love to win! Here’s why: I consume ALOT of dairy-free protein powder and, unfortunately, most such powders are brown rice based. With the recent news about arsenic, I admit – I was starting to freak out. However, reading this review gives me hope and trust in the Growing Naturals brand :)

  8. I would very much like to win some protein powder as I am a vegetarian cycling celiac. I do not get enough protein in my diet and am looking for a good source to supplement my diet.

  9. I just discovered your blog while searching for new GF recipes. I can already tell I will be coming back often! I wish to enter this giveaway because I’m constantly searching for pea and rice proteins that do not aggravate my other allergies and sensitivities, so I’d love to try Growing Naturals (and, obviously, I’d love to discover it works for me!).

    Thanks for such a wonderful site!

  10. I’m always looking for new vegan gluten-free powders to incorporate into my gluten-free diet and make fruit smoothies for breakfast. Would love to give Growing Naturals a try!

  11. Thank you so much for this review – and the giveaway. The timing is perfect – I’ve been looking at this brand on iherb.com and debating whether to buy it. Your review has convinced me to try it.

  12. I wish to be entered in the protein powder give away. I am new to gluten free living and these products would be of a great help to me!

  13. I’m always looking to try out new protein powders, and it’s hard to find a good supplement with natural ingredients. I’d love to win this because it meets my dietary needs :)

  14. Would love to try this vegan gluten-free all-natural protein to boost my muscles after my gym workouts! Thanks!

  15. I would love to enter this because I’m a vegetarian and some days I just need the protein boost. I’m still trying to find a protein powder that tastes good and that makes my body happy!

  16. I love to try Naturals Rice Pea Proteins flavors that are gluten-free – yeah!- and are Organic, non-GMO, Raw, Gluten Free, Vegan, Allergen Free, Whole Grain, Heart Healthy, 100% Natural! Yeah!

  17. Hoping to win these shakes, I could really use them, I am in need of a good allergen free nutritional supplement. I have shared, tweeted by @dandeepop, pinned, followed, and already a follower of you GFrecipe box. Hoping to win, thanks for offering

  18. I would like to be entered into the giveaway drawing to allow my family, especially my GFCF son, to try and hopefully enjoy a new protein source in our diet.

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