Is Rice Good For You?
You’ll find this beautifully diverse and store-cupboard staple in every kitchen cupboard throughout the UK in one form or another; but is rice actually good for you?
Rice is a staple carbohydrate-rich grain that’s common in cooking right across the globe. Its international popularity and diversity have seen it be adopted into virtually every cuisine in one capacity or another. It even has the third-highest global production rate after sugarcane and maize.
Is rice good for you?
Like many food types, in the right context and as part of a nutritious, balanced diet, yes — rice can be healthy. Even though white rice is more commonly found, it might not entirely surprise you to read that brown rice (which has been less processed) has greater health benefits.
Why is rice good for you?
In brown rice, you’ll find key vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin B1, vitamin B3, manganese, selenium and magnesium). Let’s also not forget that it’s whole grain, which can:
- Help improve blood cholesterol levels
- Reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes, obesity and type 2 diabetes
Healthy rice recipes
Been left with a craving for rice in all its wonderful forms and don’t know what to do about it? Give Val’s kimchi, brown rice + tofu soup a go for something deeply savoury; and give her recipe for spiced rice pudding a try for dessert. You’re welcome.
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by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.