Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How Do I Use it? Rice Part I: Background

I decided to kick this series off with rice! Before we learn how exactly to use it, I think it would be great to learn more about rice.
  • Rice is the most consumed food in the world, however not the most grown (that honor goes to corn...).
  • There are more than 7000 varieties of rice.
  • Most rices are either short or long grained.
  • Rice is considered a cereal grain.
  • Rice is a good source of protein, phosphorous, and iron. 
  • Rice also contains calcium and Vitamin B.
  • Most nutrients in rice are in the outer brown layers, hence brown rice is more nutritious than white rice.
  • Rice contains about 345 calories in 100g. 
  • However, rice is easy to digest by the body, and as such it may not make you feel full for very long.
  • Rice also has quite a few health benefits including helping fight the following health problems: indigestion, diarrhea, dysentery, nausea, skin disorders, and high blood pressure.
So, why should it be in your food storage?
  • It provides fast and instant energy.
  • Helps with bowel movements.
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels.
  • It is cholesterol free.
  • Rich in vitamins.
  • It's just a great energy source!
Next week we will look at some of the many varieties of rice out there and what they are good for making.
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