Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use (cook) Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice?

Alchemy Fibre

What is Alchemy Fibre™?

Alchemy Fibre™ are power blends made of:

– Low glycemic index (GI)
– High Fibre
– High Prebiotics 

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 from plants with naturally-sourced ingredients 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 ingredient of Alchemy Fibre™️.

What is the nutritional information of Alchemy Fibre™?

Each serving (1 heaped tablespoon, or 15g) contains 20 calories. 

Is Alchemy Fibre™ safe to consume?

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

Is Alchemy Fibre™ an additive?

No, it is not. Alchemy Fibreis made from natural, plant-based ingredients. It is 100% plant-based. 

Is Alchemy Fibre™ halal-certified? 

Yes, all of our products are halal-certified. 

Is Alchemy Fibre™ organic or GMO?

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

How do I store Alchemy Fibre™?

Due to humidity in Singapore, Alchemy Fibre™ has to be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place or in the fridge to prevent clumps. If you find that the fibre has clumped together, you can press the clumps away and continue using as usual.

How long is Alchemy Fibre™ good for after opening?

Alchemy Fibre™ is good until the expiry date stated on the packaging after opening.

Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice

What is Alchemy Fibre™️ For Rice

The Alchemy Fibre™️ blend used for rice is known as Alchemy Fibre™️ For Rice. When added to the cooking process of white rice, Alchemy Fibre™️ For Rice helps to lower the glycemic index (GI) of white rice, while providing 10x more fibre than white rice.

Alchemy Fibre™️ does not change the taste, texture or appearance of your food. Its versatility means that it can be used easily by food manufacturers, restaurants and home cooks.

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, Jerusalem artichokes and more. It has been linked to several health benefits like improving digestive health, helping to manage diabetes.

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

How do I use (cook) Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice?

  1. Wash and drain rice, adding water as desired after that
  2. Measure 15g (1 heaped 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. Tastes as good on its own or served with your favourite dishes! 

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. 

What are the main ingredients/components in Alchemy Fibre™️ For Rice that lows the GI of white rice, improve gut health, and increase fibre intake?

There are many blends of Alchemy Fibre. Alchemy Fibre™️ For Rice is the blend of fibre that is made specifically for use with rice. The main ingredient of Alchemy Fibre™️ For Rice is inulin, a type of soluble dietary fibre found naturally in a wide variety of plants such as chicory root. Consumption of soluble fibre such as inulin has been linked to several health benefits like improved digestive health and that of slowing glucose release. We have tested Alchemy Fibre™️ For Rice in several in-vitro studies to demonstrate its effectiveness in slowing down glucose release in white rice before testing this fibre blend in human studies to certify its impact on GI. The result of the study, conducted by Sydney University GI Research Services, confirmed that white jasmine rice cooked with Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice is in the same range of GI as brown rice.

Is Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice gluten-free?

Yes, Alchemy Fibre™ for Rice is certified gluten-free but our factory processes other products which contain gluten. 

Can I use Alchemy Fibre For Rice for baking? 

There are different blends of Alchemy Fibre™ for various carbs.

For use with rice, the product to use is Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice. Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice is water soluble while the blend used for flour based baking is not, hence, we would not recommend using Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice for baking. We have Alchemy Flour available for sale as a substitute for regular flour. It is a blend of plain flour and 20% Alchemy Fibre but this product is only available in our e-store. In addition, Alchemy Fibre™ used for baking is being utilised by some of our partners, including Swee Heng Classic 1989, Bakery Brera, etc. 

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?

Yes, adding Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice to cooking any type of rice will help to confer benefits like lowering GI and increasing intake of dietary fibre. Our GI study was done on a variety of plain rice cooked with Alchemy Fibre For Rice and has been to be effective in lowering the GI of cooked rice. Further, we have tested the digestion rate of chicken rice and braised duck rice in our lab before and after adding Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice, and have seen similar reductions in glucose release as white rice with Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice.

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

There are various blends of Alchemy Fibre™ available. For now, the blend that is available at supermarkets is the blend for rice, known as Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice. Alchemy Fibre™ For Rice is suitable for cooking rice or porridge or even added to the gravy of dishes for absorption by noodles/rice in the dish. Currently, for other carb applications (i.e., non-rice), the specific blends of Alchemy Fibre™ are 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.

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

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.

Alchemy Flour

What is Alchemy Flour made of? 

Alchemy Flour is a blend of plain flour and 20% Alchemy Fibre™. 

Ingredients list: All purpose flour, resistant-modified tapioca starch, pea starch, inulin 

Contains wheat (gluten) 

How do I use Alchemy Flour? 

You can use Alchemy Flour in any recipe that calls for all purpose/plain flour. 

Alchemy 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. 

Purchase

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 Fibrehere 

From e-commerce sites: Shop Alchemy Fibre™ on Redmart or FP 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 hereWe’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.

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 5 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. 

Consumption

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. 

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™ 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! 

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. 

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

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.

Our Research

What scientific evidence/research has been conducted to validate the health benefits of Alchemy Fibre™? 

In-vivo human clinical studies: 3 rounds of testing were conducted at both an accredited Glycemic Index testing lab, SUGiRS, University of Sydney, and at National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. All trials revealed a decrease in blood glucose response in comparison to white jasmine rice: 

– Glycemic index (GI) of white jasmine rice: 75
– GI of white jasmine rice with 10% Alchemy Fibre™: 67
– GI of brown jasmine rice: 68 

In-vitro lab digestion tests: Using our proprietary in-vitro lab digestion test system, different blends of Alchemy Fibre™ are continuously tested on a variety of food types ranging from rice, noodles and bread to cakes. Food made with Alchemy Fibre™ were found to consistently have a similar or slower digestion rate to those made from wholegrain. This ensures that glucose does get released in lower levels during digestion. 

We are currently in the process of publishing a research paper with full details of all conducted studies and findings for Alchemy Fibre™. 

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 FibreFor 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.

Is Alchemy Foodtech backed by any organisation?

Alchemy Foodtech is supported by the Singapore Government and National University of Singapore (NUS). We are the first food tech company to be awarded TECS, a deep-tech research grant, and are also seed funded by Heritas Capital (a private healthcare VC), SEEDS Capital (the venture arm of Enterprise Singapore), NUS Enterprise (the venture arm of NUS), and Bit x Bites (a Shanghai-based foodtech VC). 

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.