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Health Benefits of Rice

 

Health benefits of rice include providing fast and instantenergy, good bowel movement, stabilizing blood sugar levels and providingessential source of vitamin B1 to human body. Other benefits include skin care,resistance to high blood pressure, dysentery and heart diseases. Rice is thestaple food in most of the countries and it is an important cereal crop thatfeeds more than half of the world’s population.

Health benefits of rice can be found in more than fortythousand varieties of this cereal available in the world. The two maincategories include whole grain rice and white rice. Whole grain rice is notprocessed much, therefore it is high in nutritional value, whereas white riceis processed so that the bran or outer covering is removed and it has lessnutritional value. Rice can also be defined by the length of each grain. Indianor Chinese cuisines specialize in long grained rice, whereas western countriesprefer short or medium sized grains. According to Rice-Trade, rice is extremelynutritious.

 

Some of the healthbenefits specified by them are as follows:

Great Energy Source:As rice is rich in carbohydrates, it acts as fuel for the body and aids innormal functioning of the brain.

Cholesterol Free:Eating rice is extremely beneficial for health, just for the fact that it doesnot contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. It forms an integral part ofbalanced diet.

Rich in Vitamins:Rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D,calcium, fibre, iron, thiamine and riboflavin.

Resistant Starch:Rice abounds in resistant starch, which reaches the bowel in undigested form.It aids the growth of useful bacteria for normal bowel movements.

High Blood Pressure:As rice is low in sodium, it is considered best food for those suffering fromhigh blood pressure and hypertension.

Cancer Prevention:Whole grain rice like brown rice is rich in insoluble fibre that can possiblyprotect against many types of cancers. Many scientists believe that suchinsoluble fibres are vital for protecting the body against cancerous cells.

Dysentery: Thehusk part of rice is considered as an effective medicine to treat dysentery. Athree month old rice plant’s husks is said to contain diuretic properties.Chinese people believe that rice considerably increases appetite, cures stomachailments and indigestion problems.

Skin Care:Medical experts say that powdered rice can be applied to cure some forms ofskin ailments. In Indian subcontinent, rice water is duly prescribed byayurvedic practitioners as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skinsurfaces.

Alzheimer’s Disease:Brown rice is said to contain high levels of neurotransmitter nutrients thatcan prevent Alzheimer’s disease to a considerable extent.

Heart Disease:Rice bran oil is said to have antioxidant properties that promotescardiovascular strength by reducing cholesterol levels in the body.

According to International Rice Research Institute inPhilippines, the nutritional value of rice needs to be improved more so that itbenefits mankind.  Rice, being the mostdominant cereal crop in most of the countries can improve the health conditionof millions of people who consume it. Efforts are made to increase themicronutrient value of rice by mixing traditional methods of growing crops andmodern bio-technology. The institute further states that development of ricewith high iron and zinc compounds could be possible through bio-fortification.That can also induce high quality yields, which could be eagerly accepted byfarmers as well as rice consumers.

 

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Rice can also prevent chronic constipation. The insolublefibre from rice acts like a soft sponge that may be pushed through intestinaltract quickly and easily. Brown rice and whole grains are said to be rich ininsoluble fibre. But, it is advisable to drink lots of water for relievingconstipated state along with fibrous foods. Diabetic patients are recommendedto include brown rice rather than white rice that contains low levels ofglycemic index. Just a cupful of brown rice on daily basis provides you withalmost 100% manganese value, which aids in producing energy from carbohydratesand protein. Brown rice is extremely beneficial for normal functioning ofnervous system and production of sex hormones.

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