NUTRIENTS AND BENEFITS OF RICE YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT
Rice is an everyday meal. It is the most popular food in the world. It is also the most eaten. Many people would probably go hungry if there was no rice or nothing to replace rice with. Served in so many different ways around the world, rice is a unifying food as it is eaten by all; rich or poor, whites and blacks. The grain is definitely a small but mighty one!
Rice has been cultivated for over 8,000 years and it comes in many varieties such as; jasmine, arborio, and basmati. It is largely known as a starchy food that provides the body with carbohydrates. What many do not know is that apart from carbohydrates, rice especially brown rice is also packed with.
Several vitamins and minerals including
- Vitamin B1(Thiamine)
- Vitamin B6(Pyridoxine)
Phenolics, which are antioxidants
Rice also provides the following health benefits.
- Proper Digestion: The fiber in rice is insoluble and helps with our digestive health. The insoluble fiber improves bowel movement and prevents hemorrhoids.
- Cancer Prevention: Antioxidants can reduce the risk of cancer in the body. Brown rice contains three different types of phenolics, which are antioxidants that occur naturally in plants.
- Diabetes Control: We all know the main cause of diabetes is high sugar. Brown rice has zero sugar so is less likely to cause a spike in the blood sugar level of the body.
- Healthy heart: Whole grains like rice contain more fiber than foods that are processed. Fiber lowers cholesterol and can reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack.
Most of the health benefits above will be gotten more in brown rice as its bran layer is still intact unlike in white rice. The presence of the bran layer makes brown rice more nutritious than white rice.
In conclusion, rice is a healthy food!. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.
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