Since its inception, rice has been one of the most popular foods consumed worldwide. Whole grain rice is a food item recommended by a large number of nutritionists for its numerous virtues and nutritional values. It is higher in nutrition compared to the polished or dehulled ones as it maintains its germ containing important vitamins, which are usually lost during the milling process. Here at MozzaRisella, we use the sprouts, right at the moment they are brimming with vital nutrients, transforming the sprouted brown rice into a delicious and well balanced “rice milk” that we call BioSuRice.

The live sprout

Laboratory analysis has shown this plant-based milk contains many important ingredients and nutrients and the amino acid composition and micronutrient content in BioSuRice are similar to that found in human breast milk with 22 amino acids, 8 of which are essential – including gamma-oryzanol or gamma-aminobutyric. Gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) is a neurotransmitter and this amino acid has a very specific function – it is practically a cell activator, giving the starter to the cells to reproduce themselves. What does that mean? The sprout is alive, and it multiplies the amino acids tenfold when it germinates (value 1 in white rice, value 10 in a rice sprout). It’s practically giving the green light to the cells to reproduce because it needs the cells that continue to reproduce themselves to structure its root and stem. When the seed germinates, the fibres triple, other elements quadruple and the gamma-aminobutyric multiplies tenfold.

At MozzaRisella, we are now turning this revolutionary source into a variety of products such as cheese, yoghurt and ice cream alternatives, keeping these amino acids in their products entirely. The rice cheese alternative, known for its melting qualities can be used on pizzas, instead of mozzarella, giving the opportunity for families who might have a lactose-intolerant child to dine without restrictions. Today, hundreds of restaurants are using MozzaRisella, including chains Pizza Express, Zizzi or Ask Italian, as well as many independent restaurants, canteens and schools.

Suitable for everyone

By turning the sprout into everyday products, we are making this superfood easily accessible and available to all. Rice cheese alternatives are suitable for everyone – whether celiac, lactose intolerant, allergic to certain ingredients or simply wanting to find a new way to increase health and wellbeing naturally. With food allergies estimated at 70% and continuing to rise globally, the absence of food allergens makes the rice cheese alternative a particularly fitting option for those who choose a plant-based diet.

There are many reasons why the products are rapidly gaining popularity – the fact that there are no animal products used, there is extreme respect for the environment and agriculture, no use of lactose or gluten, just to name a few. Cheese substitutes currently available on the market are made with modified starch, preservatives or colourings, but MozzaRisella is able to offer healthy products from organic farming, with all ingredients allowed by the regulation for organic farming and allergen-free.