What You Need To Know About RICE: Should You Eat It?
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Out of the last 15 meals I ate… I consumed rice at ALL 15 of them.
Why, you ask? Am I rice obsessed?
No… not necessarily.
Ya see, the thing is, I spent the last week living deep in the countryside of Cambodia, where they eat rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner – because they are surrounded by nothing but rice fields!
With all this rice eating, I became curious as to rice’s health benefits, given Cambodian people eat it all day everyday and generally live fit, healthy and long lives.
“It gives power,” is what I was told by my Cambodian host family.
Not sure what to think about rice? Is it good for you? Is it bad for you?
Read on to learn more:
What Is Rice?
Rice has been around for thousands of years and is one of the most important staple foods in the world. It is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice):
- 20% of the world’s food energy coming from rice.
- A $2.2 billion a year industry in just the U.S.
- Most of the rice (about 90%) is produced in the Asia-Pacific region.
- There are 40,000 types of rice.
Health Benefits Of Rice
The healthiest rice to eat is ORGANIC WILD RICE because it provides superior macronutrients compared to white rice:
- More extensive nutritional profile overall
- More nutrient-dense
- Higher quality and quantity of protein due to essential amino acid content
- Fewer calories and carbohydrates than white rice
- 10% of the daily value in vitamin B6, niacin and folate, 8% in riboflavin
- 3 times the fiber of white rice
- Rich in minerals – 15% of phosphorus, zinc and magnesium
|Great Source Of Energy
- Abundant in carbohydrates
- Acts as fuel for the body and helps in the normal functioning of the brain
- Carbohydrates are essential to be metabolized by the body and turned into usable and functional energy
- Does NOT contain harmful fats, sodium, or cholesterol
- Helps reduce obesity and the health conditions associated with being overweight
|Blood Pressure Management
- Low in sodium
- Sodium causes veins and arteries to constrict
- Increases the stress and strain on your cardiovascular system as blood pressure increases
- Rich in insoluble fiber
- Vital for protecting the body against the development and metastasis of cancerous cells
- Contains natural antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin A, phenolic and flavonoid compounds
- Scours your body for free radicals
|Rich In Vitamins
- Excellent source of vitamins and minerals: niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fiber, iron, thiamine and riboflavin
- Provide the foundation for body metabolism, immune system health and general functioning of the organ systems
How To Select The Healthiest Rice
1. Purchase organic varieties: wild rice, brown, white…
2. If not sure of the source, limit your consumption to 2 servings per week.
3. Check to make sure it is not genetically modified and is free of pesticides and chemical additives.
3 Healthy Rice Recipes
Get the incredible health benefits of rice by eating a rice-based meal today:
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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