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Your diet and rice

There are many cultures that have white rice as a big part of their diet. You can find persons eating white rice every day sometimes twice or three times a day. It is no different where I live here on the island. Many have a diet that is high in white rice and because of this, it has cause many health issues.

While eating white rice may have a filling effect along with its pleasing taste we should be careful of the amount of white rice that we consume in a day or in a week. I have heard a few times from some of the natives that they don’t feel full unless they eat white rice this is why many are facing issues and must seek medical help.

While a diet of rice may not be a bad thing what we should consider is the kind of rice we include in our diet.

Types of rice

The good news, however, is that there is some rice that is beneficial and can actually promote our health. White rice is also known as barefoot rice because it is bleached and has no nutritional value, therefore, we should stay away from this rice or eat in moderation.

Countries that has the highest rice diet

Among some of the countries that have a diet high in rice includes China, Nigeria, Thailand, India, Japan, Indonesia, Brazil, Egypt, Philippines, and Brazil, just to name a few. In this article, however, we will be looking at Three of the healthiest rice that can be of great benefit to our bodies.

Health benefits of rice

Brown rice-First out the gate is brown rice, brown rice makes a good choice because of its nutritional value. For many, the taste of brown rice for the first time gets getting used to. The amazing thing about brown rice is, brown rice is a whole grain rice. Here are some other better benefits of brown rice.

1.Studies have shown that brown rice is rich in antioxidants.

2.A diet in brown rice helps to reduce cholesterol.

3.Is loaded with fiber thereby allowing you to have a good bowel movement.

4.Helps to promote good digestion.

5.Brown can help to prevent gallstones.

6.Improves heart health.

7. Helps to control blood sugar level.

8. Can help to prevent diabetes.

9.Helps to promote healthy skin.

10.Helps with healthy looking hair.

The list can go on, so as you can see the benefits of brown rice is so great. What I want as to turn our attention to is the nutritional value of brown rice.

Nutritional value of brown rice

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin, Vitamin B6,  B12, Iron, Calcium, Manganese, Fiber, Phosphours, mangesium, Niacin, selenium and thiamin.

Wild rice

Wild rice-Wild rice is another favorite that is loaded with vitamins and the other benefits are just so amazing. A diet of while can go a long way in promoting good health.

The benefits of wild rice include 1. wild rice aids in weight loss.

2.Is known as an immune booster.

3.Helps to maintain bone and mineral density.

4.Promotes healthy heart.

5.Helps to lower cholesterol.

6.Can boost energy level.

7.Its fiber content helps with a good bowel movement.

8.May help to prevent birth defects.

9.Promotes good digestion.

1o.Is free of gluten.

What a wonder this rice is such a favorite.

Nutritional value

Nutritional value of wild rice includes

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6 Vitamin E, Zinc, Fiber, Potassium, Folate, Thiamine and Riboflavin

Black rice

Black rice-Yes as strange as it may sound and look black rice can really deliver a punch as it aids the body in so many ways so if you have not tried this rice before I encourage you to give it a try. The benefits of black rice include.

1.Helps with a good bowel movement.

2.Aids in weight loss

3.Can help to detoxify the liver.

4.Black rice is and immune booster.

5.Helps to prevent diabetes.

6. Promotes healthy skin.

7.Black rice is good for your heart.

8.Can keep cholesterol at a normal level.

9.Aids in good digestion.

10.Helps to promote brain health.

Nutritional value of black

Nutritional value of black rice includes Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B9, Vitamin E, Iron,Phosphorus, Fiber, Calcium, Zinc, Riboflavin, Manganese, Thiamine and folic acid.

Final Word

The world of rice is just amazing with all of its benefits, so let’s give these rice a try even if that means breaking the tradition of eating unhealthy and getting on the road to good health. Trust me you will be glad that you did.

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15 comments

  1. Rob says:

    wow, I had no idea that brown rice had so many benefits! and I had never even heard of black rice. I live in Canada and have never seen it in the grocery store.
    Wheres a good place I can get black rice?

    Geez I feel so bad, I always have white rice… Thanks for opening my eyes to these different benefits. I dont mind the taste of brown rice, I’ll definitely be getting more of that!

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Hello Rob it is so good to meet you and I am glad that I could help, You can check you local health stores or a good place to check is amazon. Hope this helps. All the best to you and keep eating healthy.

  2. Denis says:

    Hello Nrichards,

    Wow, I did not know there was so many types of rice. I have heard about wild rice before, but I did not know about the different types of colored rice. I see that the most common rice that I eat, the white rice, is the worst kind because of the bleaching.Thanks for the heads up, I will certainly try other kinds.

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Hello Denis so good to meet you and it is amazing of the different type of rice.I am glad that I could help. Thanks for commenting and have a good day.

  3. Betsey says:

    So as of late, I have been on the path to become a food connoisseur. I’ve been looking for information on the benefits of grains that aren’t a staple in an American diet, so this is very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!
    I knew a bit of information about brown rice, but nothing about the health benefits of wild and black rice. I will definitely try to incorporate more of both into my diet!

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Hello Betsey so good to meet you and it is good to see that you are on the road to good health. I am glad that I could help. Have a good day and all the best to you.

  4. Bruce says:

    Hello, and thank you for shedding some light on a subject that most have not, including myself, fully understood. I have felt that white rice was a bleached product like white bread. But I got used to it and accepted it as a staple food since most Asian people consume it regularly. I am glad to know that my initial thought was correct. I will be looking for a source of the black rice for chilis as well.

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Hello Bruce so nice to meet you and it is good to know that you will be trying the more healthy stuff, all the best to you. Glad that I could help.

  5. Kendrick says:

    Hey,
    I love some brown rice. Matter of fact I just had some for dinner. Yummy! The benefits are well worth it though. I did not know about all the benefits I just knew that it was pretty healthy and I like the taste.

    Wild rice is ok with me. I do not usually eat it as much as brown rice.

    Black rice is something I did not try yet. Better yet, I did not know of this rice. It may be tasty but it is something to try out for sure. Thanks for the helpful post.

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Hello Kendrick it is so good to hear from you again and it is good to know that you are on the road to good health. Thanks for commenting, I am glad that cold help and have good night.

  6. Letsret says:

    I have started trying different kinds of rice, white just seemed so blah to me and I often wondered about it’s nutritional value. I’m glad we have switched over to brown and wild rice. Clearly I have made the right decision, I didn’t realize that wild rice was an immune booster that’s good to know.

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Hello Letsert it is nice to hear from you, brown and wild rice is right up there when it comes to eating healthy. It is good to see that you are on the road to good health. All the best yo you and have a good day.

  7. Arlene says:

    I have tried to grow red, yellow or orange peppers but they always seem to turn rotten before they change color. I don’t mind green peppers but have been told that the red, yellow and orange peppers contain more vitamins and nutrients. Do you have any advice on what I could do different?

    1. Profile photo of Norman Norman says:

      Hello Arlene it is so good to meet you and sorry to hear about your bell peppers. In the bahamas where it is warm, the peppers are grown in 5-6 hours of sunlight, the soil should be rich in organic, keep the soil somewhat moist and use and organic insecticide for insects.

      Over watering can and do cause root rot of plants. Hope this helps and please let me know how it goes. Have a good day.

  8. Neil says:

    I’ve never really been a big fan of eating rice unless it’s Chinese egg fried rice or Pilau rice… YUM! lol.

    However, after learning about the 3 types of rice you’ve discussed, there are heaps of different benefits. So I’m definitely going to try to eat rice more often, especially the brown and wild type.

    However, as for black rice, this is definitely a new one for me, so I wouldn’t mind giving that one a try.

    Neil 🙂

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