Rice : The Most Rejected Healthy Staple

Is rice Healthy?

Rice is a global staple food and is world’s leading food crop too. There is hardly any cuisine in the world that doesn’t have dishes made of rice as a main course meal. It is a wonderfully versatile food crop that could be a comfort food as well as a classy dessert too. For people who depend on rice as their staple food it is the main source of calories for them. Inspite of all these plus points, rice is much maligned and have a bad reputation among the fitness junkies.

Rice is a hub of complex carbohydrates for which it has been looked down by the fitness industry. But what they don’t notice is that rice has a fair source of protein, vitamins and minerals and the best thing is it is fat, gluten and cholesterol free which makes it a healthy deal. It is good for people with digestion problems and it contains all the essential amino acids too.

In Ayurveda, world’s oldest holistic healing system, they use rice based diets in treating various body imbalances which implies rice has medicinal properties too. It is a myth set by the dietitians that eating rice will make you gain weight. In reality the normal and regular intake of rice accelerates fat burning.    

According to the records there are approximately 40,000 varieties of rice crops been cultivated around the world. That implies almost more than half of the world population depends on rice crop as one of their main foods. Isn’t that itself is a proof that rice is a healthy staple? Just know that rice is not bad for your healthy being. There are different regional varieties of it that is highly nutritious and makes a healthy diet when taken in moderation.

The dishes made of rice are undoubtedly delectable, and some of the regional popular varieties include Mandi from the Middle East, Biriyani from India, the Italian Risotto, Paella from Spain and the Asian favourite NasiGoreng. Try to incorporate more varieties of delicious rice dishes to add more flavours to your everyday diet.  

Shruti Raj

A simple writer, with hands on experience in Public Relations and Communications. An ardent lover of food with a natural flair for culinary arts, who loves to write anything and everything about food, with a career background of more than half a decade invested in various communication fields. Now being a part of ICCA Dubai Digital Marketing team, she intends to showcase her professional expertise in web & print content development and food photography, and adapt to learn more with the team.

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