Rice Milk 101

June 18, 2012

Looking for dairy or nut milk alternatives? Well rice milk might be just what you are looking for – here are the basics

What is Rice Milk?
Rice milk is a dairy-free grain “milk”, made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup, and brown rice starch - that is pressed, then strained through a mill stream using a diffusion method.

How to Buy:
Rice milk is sometimes sweetened or flavored, usually with vanilla, chocolate or almond, so always read labels to determine if it’s right for you. Available in aseptic packages. Check for “Best by” date and whether it is made in a facility that process nuts or other allergens.

How to Use:
Can be used for drinking or cooking just like cow’s milk. Taste is mildly sweet and less rich than cow’s milk and texture is thinner because it does not contain butterfat.

How to Store:
Store unopened packages in a cool dark cupboard for up to 3 months or as directed on package. Refrigerate all opened packages up to 1 month or “Best by” date.

Health Benefits:
Rice milk is safe for those who are lactose intolerant. May have added sugar syrups or cane sugars so read labels and compare brands for what’s best for you. Rice milk is low in fat (2-3g per cup), protein (1g per cup), but higher in carbs (33g per cup) than cow’s milk; may have added sweeteners, but doesn’t contain cholesterol. Naturally high in manganese, selenium and B vitamins; may be fortified with protein, niacin, vitamins B12, A and D, magnesium, and iron. May also be fortified with 25-30 percent calcium. Good alternative for those sensitive to soy or nut milks; and suitable for both vegan and vegetarian diets. 1 cup has 120-140 calories.

Not suitable for infants.
Because of its carbohydrate content, rice milk may not be suitable for diabetics; check with your physician or nutritionist.

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