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.
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.

What is Alchemy Fibre™ made of? 

Alchemy Fibre™️ is made of fibres obtained from plants such as pea, corn, tapioca, tuber roots, beans or legumes. Each blend of Alchemy Fibre™️ is made for different carbohydrate-rich food products and constitutes different ingredients but this list states the main ingredients of Alchemy Fibre™️.

Is Alchemy Fibre™ suitable for diabetics/prediabetics? patients? How about use in healthy individuals? 

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 lower GI rice made with Alchemy Fibre™. 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.

Does consumption of Alchemy Fibre™ give rise to stomach discomfort?

Alchemy Fibre is rich in prebiotic fibre.
Prebiotics promote the increase of friendly bacteria in the gut, contributing to the maintenance of a healthy digestive system. While there are benefits associated with the consumption of prebiotics, which act as a food source for probiotic bacteria, a small minority of people may experience bloating or flatulence with the consumption of prebiotics. However, these symptoms usually disappear within a few days.

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.

Does Alchemy Fibre™ help reduce calories 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.

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.

What is Alchemy Fibre™ made of? 

Alchemy Fibre™️ is made of fibres obtained from plants such as pea, corn, tapioca, tuber roots, beans or legumes. Each blend of Alchemy Fibre™️ is made for different carbohydrate-rich food products and constitutes different ingredients but this list states the main ingredients of Alchemy Fibre™️.

Who is Alchemy Fibre™ 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.

Is Alchemy Fibre™ safe for children under 12 years?

As long as you keep to the recommended serving suggestion of 1 heaped tablespoon (or 15g) for every cup of uncooked rice, Alchemy Fibre™ is safe for young children to consume.  Please note that too much fibre in one’s diet may cause diarrhoea, constipation or flatulence. The key to good health is eating in moderation!

Does Alchemy Fibre™ help reduce caloric-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.

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.

Can people with gastric pain consume Alchemy Fibre™?

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™? 

We do not expect any side effects when Alchemy Fibre™ 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.

About Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice

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.

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.

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 the glycemic index (GI) and increase its fibre content by more than 10x than regular white rice. Studies have shown that consuming carbohydrates that are lower GI and higher in fibre can benefit both gut and metabolic health.

Can children below the age of 6 consume Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice?

If you keep to the recommended serving suggestion of 1 heaped tablespoon or 1 level measuring tablespoon (or 15g) to every cup of uncooked rice, Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice is safe for young children to consume.

Please note that too much fibre in one’s diet may cause diarrhoea, constipation or flatulence. The key to good health is eating in moderation!

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.

How do I use (cook) 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.

Who can benefit from the consumption of Alchemy Fibre™?

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 carb-based foods you love.

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.

How can I use Alchemy Fibre™ in other carbs such as noodles, porridge, pasta, bread or pastries?

Even though there are Alchemy Fibre™ blends available for a wide range of carb-rich food products, Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice is the only blend available in the supermarkets. Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice can be added to rice, porridge, pasta sauces and gravies. Other Alchemy Fibre™ blends are currently only available for use by F&B establishments and food manufacturers.

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 fibre blend may change the texture of baked goods. This is why we have developed Alchemy Flour for baking. Alchemy Flour is a blend of plain flour and 20% Alchemy Fibre™ and can be used in any recipe that uses plain flour. In fact, Alchemy Flour is already in use at our bakery partners such as the Chiffon cakes at Swee Heng Classic 1989.

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.

How can I use Alchemy Fibre™ in other carbs such as noodles, porridge, pasta, bread or pastries?

Even though there are Alchemy Fibre™ blends available for a wide range of carb-rich food products, Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice is the only blend available in the supermarkets. Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice can be added to rice, porridge, pasta sauces and gravies. Other Alchemy Fibre™ blends are currently only available for use by F&B establishments and food manufacturers.

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 on lowering GI is largely based on white Jasmine rice and Japanese rice so we cannot state the exact GI lowering effect with other types of rice. However, we know from lab testing on digestibility that there should be a beneficial effect in GI with use in all types of rice, the question we have is to what extent. E.g., we know for use of the product in white Jasmine rice, the GI is reduced to medium range (same as brown rice). With use in short-grain rice, the GI is reduced from high to low GI range. In addition, in all cases, there will be a beneficial effect on fibre.

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.

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

Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice is available in all major supermarkets, our online store, e-commerce platforms Lazada and Shopee, selected hospitals and clinics in Singapore. Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice will also be available in the US and the Philippines from June 2021.

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

From our online store: Shop Alchemy Fibre™ here 

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 more fibre than 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.

Can Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice be added to pasta or rice?

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 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.

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.

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.

For overseas availability, please note that Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice is  available in the US and Philippines from late June 2021. Click on our online e-store to assess clicks to reach US and PH sites.

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 the US or the Philippines, please click on our “Shop” tab to assess links to the countries’ sites.

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.

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.

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.

Is there anyone or any health condition where Alchemy Fibre™ 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.

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 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.

Adding vinegar to rice also reduces GI

Adding vinegar is known to lower the body’s blood glucose response to the meal, however, the impact depends on the GI of the meal in the first place so we cannot really state the extend of GI lowering. Also, the amount to be added to yield sufficient benefit may affect the taste of some foods, reducing acceptability. Our fibre solution reduces the GI of white rice from high GI to medium GI (same as brown rice). It also lowers high GI short-grained rice from low GI. (Results based on studies done in the university of Syndey GI research services).

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.

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.

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.

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.

What is Alchemy Fibre™ For Flour made from?

Resistant startch, inulin, and wheat gluten.

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.