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Product review: Zero Food

Zero Food is an Australian company from Victoria that sells black and red rice-based pizza crust and toasties, in addition to black, red and brown rice.

Zero Food

Zero Food products include toasties (black rice and red rice protein, pizza crusts (black rice and red rice protein) and rice (black, red and brown).

All Zero Food products are certified organic and GMO free. They are also vegan, gluten-free, low FODMAP, high in fibre, low in fat and salt and do not contain added sugars. As their name implies, the red rice protein toasties and pizza crusts are also high in plant-based protein.

Red and black rice are great alternatives to white rice because they have lower glycaemic index (GI) and more fibre and micronutrients such as antioxidants. Brown rice is also lower in GI and higher in fibre than white rice.

The toasties come in packs of 4 and can be eaten as crackers, toast or mini pizza substitutes. The pizza crusts come in single packs, with 2 serves per crust.

The toasties and pizza crusts need to be kept in the fridge and consumed within 5 days of opening the package. They are meant to be toasted/baked before consumption.

Regarding the rice, there are cooking instructions in the website for best results. If you have ever cooked brown rice, you will know this is because different types of rice cook at a different rate.

Ingredients

  • Black rice toasties: Organic brown rice, organic black rice, filtered water, salt, organic citrus extract
  • Red rice protein toasties: Organic brown rice, organic red rice, filtered water, organic pea protein, salt, organic citrus extract
  • Black rice pizza crusts: Organic brown rice, organic black rice, filtered water, salt, organic citrus extract
  • Red rice protein pizza crusts: Organic brown rice, organic red rice, filtered water, organic pea protein, salt, organic citrus extract

Nutrition information

Nutrient Black rice toasties
Per serve (77g)
Black rice toasties
Per 100g
Red rice protein toasties
Per serve (77g)
Red rice protein toasties
Per 100g
Black rice pizza crusts
Per serve (115g)
Black rice pizza crusts
Per 100g
Red rice protein pizza crusts
Per serve (77g)
Red rice protein pizza crusts
Per 100g
Energy (kJ) 731 988 704 953 1104 961 1334.2 953
Protein (g) 4.6 6.2 10.5 14.2 6.5 5.5 19.9 14.2
Fat, total (g) < 1 1.7 < 1 < 1 1.3 1.1 1.3 < 1
– Saturated (g) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 < 1 < 1 0.0 0.0
Carbohydrate, total (g) 34.1 46.1 28.1 38.0 56.9 49.5 53.0 38.0
– Sugars (g) < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1 < 1
Dietary fibre (g) 3.2 4.3 3 4.1 2.03 1.8 5.7 4.1
Sodium (mg) 148.0 200.0 148.0 200.0 600.0 521.7 280.0 200.0

Taste test

I bought a multi pack that comes with 2 black rice toasties, 2 red rice protein toasties, 2 black rice pizza crusts and 1 red rice protein pizza crust.

The pizza crusts are smallish in diameter but about 4-5 milimiters thick and thus pretty filling. I didn’t get the crusts as crispy as I like because I might have used too many toppings, especially mozzarella. The pizzas were delicious regardless and I didn’t find any taste difference between the red and black rice ones. I think using a pizza stone at very high heat would deliver better results if you like your pizza extra crispy. Given each serve of the red rice protein pizza crust delivers 40g protein, I would stick to veggies +/- cheese for this variety, and meat + veggie toppings for the black rice one.

I found the toasties are very filling, which means the serving size in the package of one toastie is probably enough for a person who eats low to moderate amounts of food. For big eaters, two toasties will do. It’s not specified in the package but keep in mind that you can freeze the remaining toasties if you’re not planning to eat the 4 within 5 days. Similarly to the pizza crusts, I would recommend going for lower protein (e.g. veggies or fruit) toppings for the red rice protein toasties and higher protein (e.g. meat, cheese, nut butter) toppings for the black rice ones.

If I had a magic wand to improve these products, I’d make them shelf-stable. They take space in the fridge and they might go past the best before date if you don’t consume them on a regular basis. I would also think about smaller toasties and single-serve bags within the toasties packages.

Summary and recommendations

If you follow a gluten-free, vegan and/or low-FODMAP diet, Zero Food products can be a great addition to your grocery list. Keep in mind that these products need to be refrigerated and consumed within 5 days of opening the package.

More information

To learn more about these products and their health benefits or to order online, head to Zero Food website.

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