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Alchemy Fibre For Rice helps lower white rice’s glycemic index

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Alchemy Fibre For Rice is a natural soluble fibre powder that lowers white rice glycemic index and increases the fibre content of white rice.

Alchemy Fibre (“Alchemy Fibre”) For Rice is a blend made of low GI, high fibre and high prebiotics plant-based fibres. It is presented as a natural soluble fibre powder.

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When dissolved, it forms a protective layer around the rice endosperm.

Studies have shown that white jasmine rice with 10 percent Alchemy Fibre has a medium GI, similar to the GI of brown rice.

White rice cooked with Alchemy Fibre also contains up to 10 times more fibre for a healthier gut.

When ingested, and in the gut, it slows down the digestion rate of white rice resulting in a slower glucose release thereby providing a lower glycemic index.

Lower GI foods can help blunt post-meal sugar spikes and improve health, when coupled with other practices such as paying attention to portion sizes as part of a balanced diet.

Dr Sue Anne Toh, CEO and Senior Consultant Endocrinologist, NOVI Health

15g of Alchemy Fibre per cup of rice (150g) is added after washing and draining the rice, and dissolved in the water before cooking. Cooking technique and preferences are the same.

Taste-test through R&D and collaborations

Alchemy Fibre is produced by Singapore start-up, Alchemy Foodtech.

They recognised that white rice is a staple for many people during meals. However, it is recognised to have a high glycemic index (GI). In 2016, an article stated that “Starchy white rice can overload their bodies with blood sugar and heighten their risk of diabetes.”. It also shared that “…(white rice can be) even more potent than sweet soda drinks in causing the disease (diabetes).

To address this health concern, Alchemy Foodtech, worked on research and development to validate their food ingredient innovation before soft launching their flagship product, Alchemy Fibre For Rice in 2020. They also collaborated with many F&B partners such as Boon Tong Kee, Lim Kee and Yu Kee.

These collaborations to offer healthier dining options at F&B establishments have been met with positive feedback from the market. With the trend of more home cooking as a result of the current Covid-pandemic, this is clear indication to the company that providing this product for widespread home use is important, in order to increase the health impact with the product.

Mr. Alan Phua, CEO and co-founder of Alchemy Foodtech
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Pricing and availability

Alchemy Fibre is available at Alchemy Foodtech’s e-shop as well as the following retailers including Cold Storage, Giant Tampines Hypermart, Prime Supermarket, FairPrice and Sheng Siong.

It is also available at the following online grocers including Amazon, FairPrice Online, Panda Mart, Qoolife, Redmart and Shopee supermarket.

Alchemy Fibre costs SGD 10.60 for 250g or SGD 22.80 for 700g.