Nutritional balance of rice milk
This article offers descriptive data regarding the nutritional balance of (standard) rice milk. These data were collected for a research on milk and milk alternatives in New Zealand between 2007 and 2008 (Perezgonzalez, 20081).
Rice milk is made from rice and water. The average rice milk (in this sample) is low in protein, high in carbohydrate and sugar, low in fat and saturated fat, low in fiber, and within maximum recommended limits for sodium.
On average, rice milk has a nutritional balance of BNI 42.17s, being particularly unbalanced towards excess of sugar.
Rice milk appears as somehow unbalanced according to international Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDIs), although less so according to U.S. and Canada's standards, which allow for a higher content of sugars and fat.
|Illustration 3: Nutritional balance across different RDIs (rice milk)|
|Vitasoy rice milk protein enriched||Vitasoy||25.25||25.25||5.06||25.14||23.14|
|Vitasoy rice milk calcium enriched||Vitasoy||37.70||37.70||16.01||37.42||35.42|
|Get Natural rice milk||So Natural||38.17||34.94||28.17||38.17||32.94|
|Rice Dream vanilla enriched||Imagine Foods||55.10||55.10||25.67||55.10||53.10|
|Rice Dream original enriched||Imagine Foods||57.85||57.85||27.85||57.85||55.85|
|(Source: Perezgonzalez, 20081)|
Correlations between indexes tend to be high and positive (and significant at the 0.10 cut-off point, which seems appropriate given the small sample size), except for the US/CAN index. However, the sample size is too small as for drawing much inference from it.
|Illustration 4: Correlations between RDIs|
Jose D PEREZGONZALEZ (2011). Massey University, Turitea Campus, Private Bag 11-222, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand. (JDPerezgonzalez).
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