Rice is a fundamental food in most cultural cuisines around the world and an important cereal crop that feeds more than half of the world’s population.
The various benefits of rice can be found in more than 40,000 varieties of this food that is available in the world. Here are a few of its health benefits suggested by organicfacts.net.
Source of energy
Since rice is abundant in carbohydrates, it acts as fuel for the body and aids in the normal functioning of the brain. The vitamins, minerals and various organic components further increase energy levels.
Rice does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. Low levels of fat, cholesterol and sodium will help reduce obesity and the health conditions associated with being overweight.
Maintains blood pressure
Rice is low in sodium so it is considered one of the best foods for those suffering from high blood pressure. Excessive sodium is also associated with heart conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
Whole grain rice, such as brown rice is rich in insoluble fiber that can protect against many types of cancer. Besides fiber, rice also has natural antioxidants which also stimulate antioxidants to scour the body for free radicals. Free radicals are byproducts of cellular metabolism that can cause the mutation of healthy cells into cancerous ones.
Medical experts say that powdered rice can be applied topically to cure certain skin ailments. The antioxidant capacity also helps delay the appearance of wrinkles and other premature signs of aging.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2014.