Why including rice in your diet is a good idea?

Why including rice in your diet is a good idea?

Recent times have seen a rise in the debate around health benefits of rice. A staple for more than half of the world’s population, rice has come a long way in just a short period of 5000 years, since it was first adopted as a crop. What makes this debate so intriguing is the fact is the wide acceptance of rice in the countries with an exceptionally healthier population (read Japan, China and other South Asian countries).

Health Nation brings you the answer to Why including rice in your diet is a good idea?


1. Rich Source of Quick Energy

Rice is a rich source of carbohydrates and contains a small percentage of proteins (except when processed using Japanese Milling process), and virtually no fat.
Most of the carbohydrates in rice exist as starch, making it an instant energy source. Rice can become a complete meal when combined with assorted vegetables, meats or legumes.


2. Nutrition Rich

In addition to carbohydrates, Rice is a rich source of vitamins, micronutrients and minerals. When cooked well rice can provide nutrients like thiamine, riboflavin, manganese, selenium, niacin, and cooper. Most of these nutrients are contained in the rice bran, which can be retained either in brown rice or rice processed through Japanese Milling. These nutrients aids metabolism, heart health and nervous system.


3. Controls Disease’s Occurrence

Research supports the role of Rice in boosting immunity and helping control various diseases including virus infections.
Neurotransmitters found in Brown rice have been found useful in the prevention of occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. Antioxidants found in Rice have been found to aid heart health and reduce the occurrence of heart diseases and stroke. Rice contains a very low amount of sodium hence, is beneficial in controlling high blood pressure. The Rice fibre acts as a shield against cancerous cells, thus reducing inflammation.


4. Aids weight loss

No wonder Japan still boosts exceptionally lower obesity rates. Rice aids weight loss owing to fat content and when high fibre rice is complemented with vegetables, it can make one feel full faster and is great for people who want to lose weight.


READ: What’s on your Plate: Knowing your rice!

5. Gluten-free Food

With incidences of Gluten allergy on rise, rice comes as a life-saver. Rice does not contain gluten and therefore, it can be relished by patients of celiac disease and replace wheat, barley, rye and oats as a staple in cases of severe gluten allergies.

Combined with all the above reasons, innumerable recipes and varieties, no wonder rice is world’s favourite staple. So, when are you adding in the dash of rice on your plate?

Though rice is a natural food grain, nutrients and fibre can vary with variety and milling process used. Consult your dietician before making a change in your diet.

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