|Posted by Bracha Sasson on January 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM|
Rice (Oryza sativa) is the world’s most important food crop. There are more than 40,000 varieties, but only around 10% are marketed and sold. Rice is a great source of carbohydrates, does not cause allergic reactions and is easily digestible.
Brown rice, where the bran and germ is not removed, is the most nutritious as it still contains its fiber. It is a good source of B vitamins, such as thiamine and niacin, and also provides iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. Brown rice is the only form of grain that contains vitamin E. Unfortunately, most rice today is milled and polished to remove the bran and germ, which contains valuable nutrients. This lower-in-nutrient rice is the white rice that we love to eat.
Since most people have the easy access to white rice it is very important to eat lots of other whole foods with your rice. Rice should be enjoyed with vegetables, legumes and poultry or fish. This way you will have a well-rounded diet.