Rice flour (also rice powder) is a form of flour made from finely milled rice. It is distinct from rice starch, which is usually produced by steeping rice in lye.
Rice flour is a particularly good substitute for wheat flour, which causes irritation in the digestive systems of those who are gluten-intolerant. Rice flour is also used as a thickening agent in recipes that are refrigerated or frozen since it inhibits liquid separation. Rice flour is often used to make gluten-free bread, cookies and tortillas.
Rice flour contains insoluble fiber that helps to relieve constipation. Moreover, it is rich in resistant starch that induces the growth of healthy bacteria, in turn helping in smooth bowel movements. It clears the body of waste products and toxins.