Meal Planning & Nutritious Know-how

Rice Milk: Brands to Choose and Avoid

By Ted KallmyerUpdated July 26, 2023

Rice milk is processed, milled rice, blended with water until it becomes liquid. During the process, carbohydrates become sugar, giving it a naturally sweetened taste.

Rice milk tends to be low in nutrient value unless vitamins and calcium are added to it. However, it’s the least likely of all dairy milk alternatives to trigger allergies. But it contains almost no protein.

Rice milk is not as popular as it once was, with other alternatives, such as oat milk, becoming more popular.

Rice Milk Brand Comparison


Provamel rice drink is a EU-made rice drink with the simplest ingredients list of all rice milks.

Nutrition Per 8 fl oz serving (Original Classic):

  • Calories: 135
  • Carbs: 27.5 grams
  • Sugar: 16 grams
  • Protein: 0.3 gram
  • Fat: 2.75 grams

Ingredients: Water, European Rice (14.7%), Sunflower oil, sea salt.

Health grade: A

Rice Dream

Dream Ricemilk (formerly Rice Dream)

Rice Dream offers both shelf-stable and refrigerated rice milk products. Their shelf-stable line offers a wider variety of choices, like unsweetened and organic.

Nutrition Per 8 fl oz serving (Original Classic):

  • Calories: 120
  • Carbs: 24 grams
  • Sugar: 11 grams
  • Protein: 0 gram
  • Fat: 2.5 grams

Ingredients (original classic): Organic Ricemilk (Water, Organic Hydrolyzed Rice), Organic Canola Oil and/or Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt.

Canola Oil: The fat in Rice Dream may be from canola oil which has been questioned recently because of its processing methods and possible inflammatory effect.

Health grade: B

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Better than milk

Better Than Milk

This Italian-made rice milk uses only whole-food ingredients, including seaweed as a source of plant-based calcium

Nutrition Per 8 fl oz serving:

  • Calories: 150
  • Carbs: 32 grams
  • Sugar: 13 grams
  • Protein: 0 gram
  • Fat: 3 grams

Ingredients (unsweetened + calcium):Spring Water, Organic Rice, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Safflower Oil, Seaweed, Sea Salt.

Health grade: A

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Alpro Rice Original

This rice milk is fortified with extra nutrients (calcium and potassium)

Nutrition Per 8 fl oz serving:

  • Calories: 113
  • Carbs: 23 grams
  • Sugar: 8 grams
  • Protein: 0.2 gram
  • Fat: 2.4 grams

Ingredients:Rice base (Water, Rice (12.5%)), Sunflower oil, Calcium (Tri-calcium phosphate), Sea salt, Stabiliser (Gellan gum), Acidity regulator (Potassium phosphates), Vitamins (B12, D2).

Alpro used to have maltodextrin, which has since been removed.

Health grade: B

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Koita Rice Milk

Another Italian-made rice milk, it unfortunately some of its stabilising fat from palm oil, however its higher carbohydrate content indicates more rice.

Nutrition Per 8 fl oz serving:

  • Calories: 160
  • Carbs: 34 grams
  • Sugar: 17 grams
  • Protein: < 1 grams
  • Fat: 2 grams

Ingredients:Water, Rice, Sunflower Oil, Mono and Diglycerides (From Palm Oil), Sea Salt, Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12).

Health grade: B

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Vitasoy Rice Milk unsweetened

Vitasoy is an Australian brand.

Nutrition Per 250 ml serving:

  • Calories: 111
  • Carbs: 20 grams
  • Sugar: 14.5 grams
  • Protein: 0.5 grams
  • Fat: 3 grams

Ingredients:Filtered water, whole brown rice (min. 13%), sunflower oil, mineral (calcium phosphate), sea salt.

Health grade: A

Rice milk powder

When buying non-dairy ‘milks’, you are buying mostly water. The weight adds to the price (shipping and packaging).

Alternatively, buying a rice milk powder is an option.

You get a considerably cheaper product. However, you lose the convenience of a ready-to-drink (you need to mix it with water).

Texture and flavor will vary – a rice milk powder will tend to be grainier as it lacks emulsifiers and fats that give rice milks their texture and mouthfeel.

Brands that no longer make rice milk

Many brands have removed rice milk from their portfolio as consumer interest has waned. The following rice milks are no longer available.

  • Pacific foods.
  • Good Karma organic ricemilk.
  • Trader Joe’s organic rice drink.
  • Kirkland rice milk.
  • Wholefoods 365 rice milk.

How does rice milk compare with other plant-based milks (and with dairy)?

Rice milk has similar amounts of calories to oat milk and dairy. However, it has the lowest amount of protein of any plant-based milk.

Nutrition in plant-based milks versus dairy

What is the best rice milk?

Vitasoy Rice Milk and Provamel are probably the gold standard in that they have the least additives and are closest to if you would make rice milk at home.

Unfortunately, neither are available in the US, so Dream is probably the second-best.

See the best and worst coconut milk and almond milk.

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  • Brenda G.

    Thank you!

  • Paul X

    Ok…. why isn’t provamel on the list?

    • James (Moderator)

      Thanks for the tip. This article is on the list for a major update soon.

  • GT

    Thanks for posting – I found this informative – you have to look for certain things – e.g., canola oil that might contribute to inflammation, and how much value you are getting if it is not enriched. FYI, in Canada there is a PC brand of rice milk which is the private brand of a chain called Loblaw’s and it is enriched with a lot of beneficial vitamins (think it has the canola oil, though).

    • James (Moderator)

      Definitely read ingredients carefully. Although, quite frankly – with most of these products you are buying cartons of water, with small amounts of good stuff.

  • Holly

    What about Rice Dream’s Original Classic?

  • Ernest Duck jr.

    Best. Ricemilk. In tast. Is. Rice. Dream. But. It. Has bad. Oil. In it. I’m. Looking. For. A really. Basis. Rice. Milk. Cornmilk. With. Corn. Oil. And. No. Sunflower oils. RICE. IS. ALWAYS. UNDER. APRECIATED…… DUCKMAN………….

  • Summer

    I thought this was going to be an article that addressed arsenic in rice milk/drink.
    Guess not. 🙁

  • Rita Pelfrey

    Where to find unenriched rice milk

  • Nancy Lawhorn

    Best rice milk is NOT helpful as we live in the US. What’s the best in the US??? Or do you know?

  • Bd pellow

    Whoaaaa..not one word about arsenic content what a cover up . Switch to almond or soya milk. Know the science.

    • Ted Kallmyer (Certified Macro Coach)

      Yes, this is part of a conspiracy and a cover up…. Seriously? There are levels of arsenic in all rice products and in rice itself which is why rinsing rice is advised. Arsenic is a natural part of the earth so it exists in some levels in many food products. Organic arsenic in trace levels in our food isn’t a problem but inorganic arsenic is. With rice, you’re dealing with the organic form.

      • Lee 6 months ago

        Yes, exactly, I’m a Science Major, and you explained it nicely. Misinformation is what happens when people believe everything bad that they find on the internet. Thank you for the great article. Much appreciated.

        • Ted Kallmyer (Certified Macro Coach) 6 months ago

          Hi Lee, thanks for taking the time to give some feedback. I’m glad you found our information useful!

  • Stephen Infield

    Hi there,
    I have relatively recently become vegetarian / pescatarian (destination vegan).
    This was v helpful, even if not many of the products are available in the UK.
    So thank you.
    Hope you’ll update again sometime…especially for the UK!

  • C. Eubanks

    Thrive Market has a rice milk that I’ve been using since I can’t get Kirkland from Costco anymore. I used that for over ten years! Kirkland had a long shelf life. The Thrive brand has very short life but don’t know why? If it’s unopened, shouldn’t it last for several months? I used to order by case, but will now order only a few at a time.

    • Marta A. Sloane

      Sadly, Thrive Mrket discontinued their rice milk. No reason given.

    • Vickie D Young

      I also used the Costco Rice beverage and now they have stopped carrying it. I have put in a request for them to get it back in stock. Hopefully they get it back, I have stomach issues and their rice beverage seems to be the only one that my stomach will tolerate.


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