Category: Healthy Lifestyle

why Ryza

Ryza appeals to a variety of lifestyles due to its convincing health profile and delicious flavour. Check out the many reasons to choose Ryza – it may just be a game changer for you and someone you know.

It’s Dairy-Free, Lactose-Free and Gluten-Free

  • Ryza is a 100% gluten-free product and is suitable for use by people with celiac disease
  • Ryza is 100% lactose and dairy-free

It’s Healthy

  • Ryza does not contain added oils or other added fats, which means Ryza is lower in fat than most other rice beverages that often have added oil
  • Ryza does not contain added sugar
  • Ryza is 100% dairy, lactose, cholesterol and gluten-free making it an excellent choice for people with special dietary needs
  • Ryza is the only non-dairy beverage with a full serving of whole grains per glass
  • Whole grains are rich in nutrients and a good source of calcium and fibre
  • People who eat whole grains, which are low in fat and cholesterol, are less likely to experience chronic diseases like diabetes and obesity
  • A healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer
  • Ryza has added calcium, vitamins A, D and B12, and it contains natural sources of other essential vitamins and nutrients including B2, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and phosphorous
  • Calcium is added to Ryza in the form of a mineral salt called calcium phosphate tribasic
  • The Canada Food Guide suggests that half of the recommend 6-8 servings of grains per day be whole grains

It’s Wholesome

  • Ryza is made using whole grain un-milled, un-polished brown rice
  • Ryza is made with 100% North American grown non-GMO rice
  • Ryza is the first non-dairy product to qualify for the Whole Grains Council’s stamp of approval
  • A wholesome, nutritious choice for your healthy lifestyle, Ryza is made with the natural whole grains of brown rice – not milled or polished – to retain all the natural oils, vitamins and minerals of the entire grain
  • Ryza contains 1 full serving of whole grains (16g) in every cup

It’s Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly

  • Ryza contains no animal products making it suitable for vegetarians and vegans

glossary of health terms

Whole grain

is the entire seed of a plant that contains the bran, germ and endosperm.

Iron

is an essential mineral that assists in the formation red blood cells, bringing oxygen to organs and muscles. Iron is found in meats, poultry, fish, dried fruits, whole grain cereals, legumes and dark leafy green vegetables.

Calcium

is the most important mineral for building bone density, preventing bone loss and treating osteoporosis.

Vitamin D

is a vitamin that helps your body use and absorb calcium. Health Canada recommends that adults over the age of 50 take a daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU.

Vitamin B12

assists to convert folic acid to make DNA and blood cells.

Vitamin A

plays a large role in the growth and development of our eyes and skin. It is a fat soluble vitamin that is stored in our liver and is usually sourced from meats and compounds found in plants foods, known as carotenoids.

Vitamin B2

is a water-soluble vitamin also known as riboflavin and is one of eight B vitamins. B vitamins assist the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is converted to produce energy.

Thiamin

is a water-soluble vitamin also known as vitamin B1 and is one of eight B vitamins that helps convert carbohydrates into fuel. It is essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system.

Niacin

is a water-soluble vitamin also known as vitamin B3 and is one of eight B vitamins that helps the digestive system, skin and nerves to function. It is also essential to metabolic health.

Phosphorous

works in collaboration with calcium to build strong bones and teeth and is also present in cells and tissues.

Vegan

is a diet that is based on grains, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, but excludes meat, fish or fowl, dairy and eggs or products containing these foods.

Vegetarian

is a person who does not eat meat, fish or fowl or products containing these foods.

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Articles of Interest by Samara Felesky-Hunt, RD

Focusing on Whole Grains

In the past, whole grains were thought to provide nothing more than fibre. The latest research studies reveal that whole grains offer high levels of antioxidants and other healthy phyto-nutrients. One of the dietary principles in chronic disease prevention is to eat an abundance of plant foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Simply replacing everyday white bread with bread containing whole grains could reduce your risk of coronary disease and stroke by 40 percent. Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating recommends that half of your daily intake of grain products be whole grains.

Whole Foods Eating and Free-Of Foods

Whole food eating is a new way of looking and thinking about food. It is not a diet per se, but a healthy lifestyle approach to food that shifts your mindset from “eating to satisfy” to “eating to nourish”. This way of eating is simply better for you.

Eating this way means eating food closer to its natural state. Unfortunately over the years we have lost sight what real food looks like. In order to extend the shelf life, foods have lost their nutritional value as a cocktail combination of sugars, salts, fats, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours have been added to our food supply.

Eating Well With Gluten-Free

More people are seeking products lacking gluten, one of the proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, possibly oats and hybrids of these grains. One of the reasons for this is that awareness of Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine when the diet contains gluten, is increasing. Researchers believe that gluten sensitivity and Celiac Disease affects over three million people in North America.

whole grains of truth

The Goodness of Whole Grains

Whole grains are rich in nutrients and a good source of calcium and fibre. People who eat whole grains which are low in fat and cholesterol are less likely to experience chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. Additionally, a healthy diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Ryza is the first non-dairy product to qualify for the Whole Grains Council’s stamp of approval. A wholesome, nutritious choice for your healthy lifestyle, Ryza is made with the natural whole grains of brown rice – not milled or polished – to retain all of the natural oils, vitamins and minerals of the entire grain.

Ryza contains 1 full serving of whole grains (16g) in every cup. As the Canada Food Guide suggests that for adults, half of the recommended 6-8 servings of grains per day be whole grains, consuming Ryza is an easy way to achieve your daily intake of whole grains. It tastes great as a refreshing beverage poured straight from the carton or can be substituted for milk or water in most recipes.

Good Carbohydrates vs. Bad Carbohydrates

Knowledge is power. When it comes to food choices, being armed with accurate information enables you to make sensible decisions that will power your mind and body.

Unfortunately, fad diets have given carbohydrates a bad reputation. The truth is carbohydrates are essential to a person’s diet because they provide energy to the body. The key is to know which type of carbohydrate to consume.

Unrefined carbohydrates, typically referred to as good cards, can be sourced from a variety of foods ranging from whole grains to fruits and legumes. Good carbs are a source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. They also help to stabilize blood sugar levels and promote healthy weight. Include good carbs in your diet.

Refined carbohydrates, known as bad carbs, are found in processed foods like white bread where the bran (fibre) has been stripped from the grain, as well as in candies, chocolates and cookies, which are loaded with added sugar. Bad carbs cause blood sugar to spike resulting in hunger, which can lead to weight gain. Reduce or eliminate your intake of bad carbs.

Ryza is a source of good carbohydrates and is a convenient whole grain solution.