Frequently Asked Questions

About
Alchemy Fibre

What is Alchemy Fibre?

Alchemy Fibre are:
– Low glycemic index (GI)     – High Fibre     – High Prebiotics
Blends of plant-based fibres that make carbs healthier without changing their taste & texture.
Available in various powdered blends, Alchemy Fibre is easy to add to various types of carbohydrates like rice, noodles, bread and even steamed buns before cooking/baking. We have several blends of Alchemy Fibre which is why sometimes, it is stated as “plural” when referring to several blends collectively. Even though there are several blends of Alchemy Fibre, each blend shares the same 3 characteristics above in bold.

What is Alchemy Fibre made of?

Alchemy Fibre are blends of fibres and different blends are made from different plants. Some sources of plants include chicory root, pea, corn, tapioca, tuber roots, beans or legumes.

Is Alchemy Fibre organic and non-GMO?

Alchemy Fibre, although made from plant-based ingredients, is not organic. It is, however, non-GMO.

Is Alchemy Fibre halal-certified?

Yes, all of our products are halal certified.

Is Alchemy Fibre safe for consumption?

Yes, it is! All ingredients are GRAS-certified (Generally Recognised As Safe) and are sourced from food-grade suppliers.

Is there another product similar to Alchemy Fibre on the market?

While there are wholegrain options available, many people may find the switch difficult due to a significant difference in taste, texture and colour. Not all wholegrain products are able to reduce the digestibility of carbohydrate-rich food as much as Alchemy Fibre can.  Alchemy Fibre is currently the only solution on the market which makes refined carbohydrates healthier without compromising on taste, texture and appearance. It is patented in Singapore and patent-pending in other countries.

About
Alchemy
Fibre For Rice

What is Alchemy Fibre For Rice made of?

Alchemy Fibre for Rice is a special blend of inulin and edible gum.

Inulin is a type of dietary fibre found naturally in a wide variety of plants such as chicory root. It has been linked to several health benefits like improving digestive health to manage diabetes.

Edible gum is naturally derived from plant sources such as guar beans and carob seed. It is a soluble fibre that helps to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates.

Alchemy Fibre For Rice is 100% plant-based.

How does Alchemy Fibre For Rice work?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice absorbs water (when mixed into water and raw rice to cook) and forms a gel around the starch chain, making it harder for digestive enzymes to attack it. This slows down the digestion process, and less glucose is released, thereby reducing the glycemic index (GI) of white rice.

Is Alchemy Fibre For Rice given the HCS (Healthier Choice Symbol) by the Health Promotion Board?

There is no category for Alchemy Fibre For Rice for the Healthier Choice Symbol as it is a fibre ingredient. The categories that qualify for the Healthier Choice Symbol include convenience meals, sauces, beverages, breads, noodles, breakfast cereals, etc.

What is Alchemy Fibre For Rice and what is it used for?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice is a patented, plant-based fibre blend that is made specifically to be used with rice. When added to white rice during the cooking process, Alchemy Fibre For Rice helps to reduce the glycemic index (GI) of white rice to the same range as brown rice, while increasing the fibre content to 10x that of white rice.

Benefit of
Alchemy

Fibre For Rice

What are the benefits of consuming Alchemy Fibre For Rice?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice is an easy addition to the cooking process of rice to lower its glycemic index (GI) and increase its fibre content to 10x of regular white rice. Studies have shown that consuming carbohydrates that are lower GI and higher in fibre can lead to improved cholesterol and glucose levels and also has benefits to the diegstive system.

Alchemy Fibre For Rice can be used with all types of rice and can also be used to cook porridge, added to soups and gravies.

Who can benefit from the consumption of Alchemy Fibre For Rice?

Anyone who wishes to have a healthier diet without making drastic changes to their appetite or food preparation. Alchemy Fibre For Rice does not change the taste, texture, or appearance of your rice-based dishes and soups/gravies that the fibre is dissolved into so you can enjoy better health with the same great-tasting carb-based foods you love.

Is Alchemy Fibre For Rice suitable for diabetics/pre-diabetics?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice has been clinically tested at Sydney University’s GI Research Service (SUGiRS) under ISO26642:2010 to lower the GI of jasmine white rice from high to medium GI, which is the same range as brown rice. Diabetics and pre-diabetics can certainly benefit from a lower GI rice made with Alchemy Fibre For Rice. Consumption of lower GI foods has been associated with better management of blood glucose levels. However, eating in moderation is still key to a healthy lifestyle

Is Alchemy Fibre For Rice suitable for infants?

The main ingredient in Alchemy Fibre For Rice is inulin, which is a soluble dietary fibre, and is generally considered safe for consumption even in infants. Studies have shown that consumption of 1.5-2g of inulin for babies 6-months and up is beneficial to their gut health. If you use one heaped tbsp (15g) of Alchemy Fibre For Rice to one Cup of rice (150g) and your child consumes say less than 20g of raw rice in a day (assuming you make porridge with the rice), the consumption should fall within the recommended range.

Is there anyone or any health condition where Alchemy Fibre For Rice is not recommended? Why?

Most people can enjoy the benefits of Alchemy Fibre For Rice when consumed at its recommended servings (5-7g per serving). The recommended fibre intake in Singapore is at least 20g for women and 26g for men, which equates to 2 servings of fruits and vegetables. Many people struggle to meet this daily requirement, highlighting the need for additional fibre in their diet. However, excessive consumption may result in flatulence, bloating or diarrhoea in some individuals.

Does consuming rice with Alchemy Fibre For Rice equate to the benefits of consuming healthier rice like brown rice?

Consuming Alchemy Fibre For Rice with rice helps to lower the glycemic index of white rice to the same GI range as brown rice; doing so also increases the fibre intake to 2.5 times of brown rice or 10 times of white rice. However, Alchemy Fibre for Rice with rice does not equate to all the benefits of eating brown rice as brown rice had additional vitamins such as vitamin B1, B3 and B6, and minerals such as manganese and magnesium.

What is the GI of white rice cooked with Alchemy Fibre For Rice compared to regularly cooked white rice?

White rice and Japanese rice are high GI. When Alchemy Fibre For Rice is added to white jasmine rice, the GI fell to the medium GI range, which is the same range as brown rice. Interestingly, based on our study results, the GI of Japanese rice falls to low GI range with Alchemy Fibre For Rice.

Why is there still sugar content in Alchemy Fibre For Rice? Is it still suitable for people with diabetes?

Inulin is a type of soluble dietary fibre that is extracted from plants, it is also the main ingredient in Alchemy Fibre For Rice. There are naturally-occurring sugars that are present in plants where inulin is extracted from. These sugars are present in small amounts. Alchemy Fibre For Rice only contributes 0.4g sugar to each serving of rice when cooked according to package instructions. Additionally, human glycemic index (GI) studies have shown that white jasmine rice cooked with Alchemy Fibre For Rice is medium GI (lower GI than white rice on its own). Studies have suggested that consuming foods that are lower in GI may be beneficial for those with diabetes. Further, white rice cooked with Alchemy Fibre For Rice contains 10x fibre of white rice and increased consumption of fibre has been shown to be beneficial for those with diabetes as well.

Does Alchemy Fibre For Rice prevent weight gain?

Fibre is an important nutrient that’s often overlooked. According to established literature, consumption of adequate fibre may promote weight loss. Beyond weight loss, Alchemy Fibre For Rice can help in other aspects of health, e.g., it has been shown that consuming a lower GI diet is beneficial to reduce risk of chronic diseases.

Does Alchemy Fibre For Rice help reduce calorie intake?

Addition of Alchemy Fibre to carb-rich food products does not significantly reduce their calorie content. However, using Alchemy Fibre blends in these food products increases their dietary fibre content and consuming a balanced diet with plenty of dietary fibre has been shown to beneficial to both gut and metabolic health.

Storage
& Usage
of Alchemy
Fibre For Rice

How do I use (cook with) Alchemy Fibre For Rice

1. Wash and drain rice, add water as required based on type of rice.
2. Measure 15g (1 heaped tablespoon or 1 level measuring tablespoon) of
Alchemy Fibre For Rice with every 150g of rice (1 rice cup)
3. Combine Alchemy Fibre For Rice with soaked rice. Stir well to dissolve the powder, ensuring no lumps.
4. Cook as you usually do in a rice cooker or steam over a stove.
5. Once cooked, use a rice paddle to fluff the rice before serving.
Note: For congee or porridge, you may use the same ratio of Alchemy Fibre powder to uncooked rice. Cook your congee or porridge as how you normally would with the desired amount of water. For use in soups or gravies, you can dissolve the powder into the liquid and cook as usual.

How to store Alchemy Fibre For Rice?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice dissolves easily in water, hence it is water-loving! Water also exists in the air as vapour and can get into the packaging if not sealed tightly, causing the fibre powder to clump up.

Always seal the packaging well, and store it in a cool dry place. For additional protection, store it in an air-tight container, or use a tight clip to double seal the packaging.

How long is Alchemy Fibre For Rice good for after opening?

As long as the product is sealed (ziplocked) and stored in a cool and dry place, it can last till the expiry date on the packaging.

Once opened, keep your Alchemy Fibre For Rice packaging in an airtight container in a cool dry place or in the fridge.

Can I use Alchemy Fibre For Rice for baking?

We do not recommend using Alchemy Fibre For Rice for baking as the fibres used in this blend is water-soluble and more suitable for cooking rice, porridge or cooking soups and gravies.

For baking, we would recommend using Alchemy Fibre For Flour. This fibre blend can be used in any recipe that uses plain or cake flour for baked goods in a 15% substitution to the amount of plain/cake flour used.

Can Alchemy Fibre For Rice be added to pasta?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice is water soluble so if there is gravy in the pasta for the pasta to absorb during the cooking process, technically, you can enjoy the benefits of Alchemy Fibre. Please note that for such applications, we have not done any GI studies. However, there is certainly an increase in dietary fibre, although again, we might not be able to state how much more.

Can I only use Alchemy Fibre For Rice with white rice only? Can it be used with brown rice and other types of rice?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice can be used with all types of rice. However, our data is largely based on white rice so some variation of benefits may be observed with its use in other types of rice. However, in all cases, there will be a beneficial effect on fibre.

Can I use Alchemy Fibre For Rice in other carbs (non-rice based ones) such as noodles, pasta, bread or pastries?

Even though there are Alchemy Fibre blends available for a wide range of carb-rich food products, different blends work better with certain carbs. For example, Alchemy Fibre For Rice can be used to cook rice, porridge, or added to soups and gravies. This blend, however, is not suitable for baking and working with flour-based recipes.

If we were to make chicken rice, fried rice or any other rice dishes, will adding Alchemy Fibre For Rice still help to lower the dish’s GI?

While our GI studies were done on plain cooked Jasmine and Japanese rice, we have also conducted lab tests on chicken rice and braised duck rice. Extrapolating the data from these studies suggest that the addition of Alchemy Fibre For Rice to these food products is likely to also lower their GI.

Can I consume too much dietary fibre? What are the consequences of consuming too much dietary fibre?

While there is no medically recommended upper limit to fibre consumption, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) in Singapore recommends that women consume about 20g, and men consume 26g of dietary fibre per day. The majority of people do not meet this daily recommended amount and suffer from ailments including constipation and poor gut health due to insufficient dietary fibre intake.

On the other hand, overconsumption of dietary fibre can lead to intestinal discomfort such as bloating, flatulence and diarrhoea. As such, individuals should consume close to the daily recommended amount of dietary fibre and get their fibre from a variety of sources.

Who is Alchemy Fibre For Rice meant for?

Anyone who wishes to have a healthier diet without making drastic changes to their appetite or food preparation. Alchemy Fibre does not change the taste, texture, or appearance of your food so that you can enjoy better health with the same great-tasting food you love.

Can people with gastric pain consume Alchemy Fibre For Rice?

If your gastric pains is due to stress or irregular meals, then it should be alright but if their gastric pain is due to bloating, then there might be concern with taking in more fibre. It might be better for you to check with your doctors on the cause of your gastric and check if added fibre in your diet will be helpful.

Are there side effects after consuming Alchemy Fibre For Rice?

We do not expect any side effects when Alchemy Fibre For Rice is consumed at its recommended serving. However, excessive consumption may result in flatulence, bloating or diarrhoea as is expected with the consumption of excessive amount of fibre.

Purchase
Alchemy
Fibre For Rice

Where can I get Alchemy Fibre? Is it available in grocery stores?

Alchemy Fibre For Rice is available in all major supermarkets, our online store, e-commerce grocers such as Redmart, Shopee supermarket, Pandamart, etc. The product is also available at selected hospital pharmacies in Singapore.

We also have a growing list of F&B partners in Singapore that serve food made healthier with Alchemy Fibre™.

View our growing list of established F&B partners that serve various carb-based foods made healthier with Alchemy Fibre.

From our online store: Shop Alchemy Fibre here

From e-commerce sites: Shop Alchemy Fibre on Redmart or Fair Price Online.

Where do you ship your products to?

At the moment, we only fulfil local (Singapore) shipping. Plans to ship overseas are in the pipeline for the near future so if you’d like us to ship to you, please leave your contact details in the form here. We’ll be in touch once Alchemy Fibre is ready to step overseas! Otherwise, if you are located in Philippines, please click on our “Shop” tab to assess links to the countries’ sites.

Is there a delivery fee? How long does delivery take?

Enjoy free local delivery for orders above S$40! Otherwise, a flat-rate fee of S$1.40 will be charged. Once orders are placed successfully, it will be delivered within 3 to 10 working days

What are the returns and refunds policy for my purchase?

For unopened or damaged packets: 7-day return and exchange policy For opened and defective (something wrong has been identified) packets: A product exchange or full refund will be available. Kindly reach out to us via email with your enquiry.

About
Alchemy
Fibre For Flour

What is Alchemy Fibre For Flour?

Alchemy Fibre For Flour is a plant-based fibre blend that can be added to any recipe requiring the use of plain or cake flour to reap the benefits of Alchemy Fibre. These benefits include increasing dietary fibre (3.5x more than regular recipes) as well as the potential to reduce the use of fat in recipes to yield the same great-tasting bakes. Alchemy Fibre For Flour is suitable for use with 15% substitution of plain flour or cake flour.

What is Alchemy Fibre For Flour made from?

Resistant startch, inulin, and wheat gluten.

How do I use Alchemy Fibre For Flour?

For every 200g of plain flour, remove 30g (15%) and replace with Alchemy Fibre For Flour. Cook or bake as per normal.

Can I use Alchemy Fibre For Flour with bread flour?

Alchemy Fibre For Flour is meant for use with 15% substitution to plain/cake flour. If meaning to use with bread flour for bread making for example, the recommendation is to add back about 0.5g of gluten which is about 1/4 teaspoon of gluten per 100g of bread flour. so if the recipe calls for 100g of bread flour, use 85g of bread flour + 15g of Alchemy Fibre For Flour and 0.5g of wheat gluten.

Where can i buy Alchemy Fibre For Flour?

Alchemy Fibre For Flour is available at our estore, and both Alchemy Foodtech’s official Lazada and Shopee online.

Does Alchemy Fibre for Flour reduce GI for baked goods?

Alchemy Fibre blends are made of low GI, high fibre and high prebiotics plant-based fibres. By itself, all blends of Alchemy Fibre are low GI. When added to rice, Alchemy Fibre For Rice lowers the GI of white rice from high to medium GI or lower. We know this because we have a GI study conducted for cooked rice. However, for Alchemy Fibre For Flour with baked goods, there are currently many permutations for recipes, so we have not obtained any GI data to substantiate.

About
Alchemy
No Sugar Added
Premixes

What are Alchemy Premixes made of?

Each Alchemy Premix contains Alchemy Fibre. Please see the back of each Premix packaging for the full list of ingredients. Our premixes are suitable for lacto-ovo-vegetarians as they require wet ingredients such as milk, eggs and butter. Each Premix also contains wheat (gluten).

How do I use Alchemy Premixes?

Please follow the instructions stated at the pack of each Premix packaging. Please note that each Premix requires additional wet ingredients such as eggs, butter and milk.

Do Alchemy Premixes baked goods have lower GI than standard premixes?

Alchemy Fibre blends are made of low GI, high fibre and high prebiotics plant-based fibres. By itself, all blends of Alchemy Fibre are low GI. When added to rice, Alchemy Fibre For Rice lowers the GI of white rice from high to medium GI or lower. We know this because we have a GI study conducted for cooked rice. However, for Alchemy premixes, our GI study is on the way so be sure to stick around for udpates.