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Rich Piana’s Real Food RICE: Welcome to Cocoa Heaven

Rich Piana’s REAL Food is about to get a lot more real!

Rich Piana Real Food Rice

Rich Piana and 5% Nutrition have released another REAL FOOD supplement, this one’s chocolate flavored and rice based!

Most of Rich Piana’s fans know that he’s a major proponent of consuming food-based calories. But not everyone has the time to prep whole food meals 4 to 6 times per day.

This is why Rich Piana launched REAL FOOD, a carb-based supplement made of yams, oats, and sweet potatoes. We absolutely love it (see our Real Food review), but there are two major problems:

The problems with the original REAL FOOD solved with RICE

  • Yams are seasonal, and the 5% Nutrition team had no clue how successful Real Food would be. They ran out of stock on the powder and had to wait months to get another batch in!
  • It was a bit too expensive for some. While we still love those yams, not everyone wanted to pay the high price.

5% Nutrition solved both problems in one fell swoop — and simultaneously satisfied Rich’s love for Cocoa Krispies — with REAL FOOD RICE.

The Cocoa Heaven flavor is a chocolate carb powder sourced from a variety of whole food slow digesting carbs. If you love the idea of eating real food, but don’t want to pay for the yams, then Real Food RICE is your next carb supplement.

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Real Food Cocoa Heaven Rice Ingredients

Carb powders are notoriously made from simple sugars that spike insulin and wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels. The difference with 5% Nutrition’s REAL FOOD is that it’s made from  complex carbohydrates that have a lower impact on blood sugar and less of a chance of being stored as fat.

  • Rice Bran (23g)

    Rich Piana Real Food Rice Ingredients

    Real Food Rice Cocoa Heaven offers three different sources of carbs to complete it’s well rounded profile.

    Any weight lifter or aspiring bodybuilder is well versed in the world of rice. It’s quick to cook, super easy on the wallet, and downright tasty when seasoned properly. Gym bros are often split on white rice vs. brown rice though – white has a better texture and shorter cooking time, whereas brown rice may have a lower glycemic index.[1]

    Better than rice itself!

    However, white rice has been stripped of some of its vital nutrients due to the bran layer that is removed during processing. For those of you unfamiliar with rice bran, it’s the outermost layer of the rice grain.

    Although it does impart a different flavor and drastically changed the texture, bran is very good for overall health as it’s been used to reduces hyperglycemia in diabetics and decreases cholesterol.[2,3]

    Improved fiber content!

    This also adds the great benefit of improved fiber content, which is low in the original yam-based REAL FOOD and needs to be supplemented or eaten elsewhere. Another problem solved!

  • TapiOK® (6g)


    Nature has the answers, claims TapiOK. This is the second natural maltodextrin we’ve

    TapiOK® is a form of maltodextrin derived from 100% pure tapioca starch. It’s hypoallergenic, non-GMO, and certified kosher.[4] This natural form of maltodextrin is yet another complex carb contained in Real Food, and it also adds a bit of sweetness to the mix.

    You may be wondering why is this different from the malto you usually find in weight gainers or post workout formulas? Well, typically all maltodextrin you’ll find in other products are derived from GMO corn and are processed to the point of oblivion.

    Is the GMO-free maltodextrin really that different from the GMO corn-derived malto? When you get down to the actual nuts and bolts of it, not really, but it does matter to many real food eaters. Basically, malto is a complex carb (polysaccharide) consisting of short chains of bonded dextrose molecules.[5,6] It behaves close enough to a sugar that we don’t really consider it a “complex carb” though, but that’s fine since the rest of this product is loaded with them. A mix of fast and slow carbs is a great thing!

    Overall, TapiOK® is simply a more “natural” form of maltodextrin which appeals to Rich’s demand for high quality food.

  • Oats (5g)

    A breakfast staple for athletes and lifters alike, oats also made an appearance in Rich’s original REAL FOOD. That version had 7g, so Real Food RICE has a bit less, which will please those who want a little bit less of the grit.

    Oats are high in fiber and minerals, and something else called “avenanthramides” which may be the compound responsible for oats cholesterol-regulating and cardiovascular benefits. “Avenanthramides” defend the body against oxidative stress particularly in the cardiovascular system that can be brought on by the presence of copper.[7]

  • The Rest

    Rich Piana Cereal

    Can Real Food RICE Replace Rich’s love for sugar-laden (and trans-fat containing!) Cocoa Krisped cereals?! We’ll find out soon enough!

    Completing the ingredient list of Real Food Cocoa Heaven Rice is Cocoa powder, natural flavors, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, and sucralose, which is the lone sweetener in the product.

The taste…

Everyone who knows Rich Piana knows that he’s a crazy fan of his Cocoa Krisp style cereals (Pebbles included!)… But with 12g of sugar and trans fats (from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil), they’re simply not healthy for most people, especially Rich. The last thing hardcore bodybuilders need is heart-killing trans fats.

So the plan is to get Cocoa Heaven Real Food RICE to taste just like them — and word on the street is that 5% Nutrition did a fantastic job of this. Our tub is ordered and we’ll have an in-depth and close-up review soon!


One serving of the weight lifter’s cocoa krisp-esque powder weighs in at 37g and contains the following nutritional breakdown:

  • Calories: 120
    • Protein: 4g
    • Carbs: 20g
      • Fiber: 6g
      • Sugar: 2g
    • Fats: 5g


5-Percenters Rich Piana

As 5-Percenters know, you gotta eat big to GROW!

Did one of our favorite supplements just get better? We’re not sure yet, but if it tastes anything like 5% is saying, then Real Food

Today’s world is a go-go-go society that places a premium on availability, socialization, and hard work. 5-Percenters have their handle on most of that, but getting quality food when on the run is always a pain. Besides Rich Piana’s 5% Meal Plans, this is yet another solution for those of you short on time but in need of quality food.

Real Food RICE is yet another convenient source of nutrition that mixes easy in a shaker bottle and tastes great! If you’re going to be consuming powdered supplements multiple times per day due to hectic life schedules,having a quality option at the ready makes hitting your macros and staying on point with your diet all that much easier.

Just wait til you see the review!

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  1. Harvard Medical School; “Glycemic index and glycemic load for 100+ foods”; August 27, 2015; http://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods
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  3. https://www.ricebrantech.com/downloads/studies/Cardiac4DecreaseChoSyn.pdf
  4. TapiOK Organic Tapioca Products; https://blog.priceplow.com/wp-content/uploads/TapiOK-Organic-Tapioca-Products.pdf
  5. Malfatti C, et al. Maltodextrin’s Effect on the Performance of Elite Mountain Biking Athletes During Simulated Competition and on Power Output at the Ventilatory Threshold; Human Movement. Volume 12, Issue 3, Pages 232–236, ISSN (Online) 1899-1955, ISSN (Print) 1732-3991, DOI: 10.2478/v10038-011-0023-9, September 2011
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  7. The World’s Healthiest Foods: Oats
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