Health benefits of rice

Published: July 18, 2014
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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.

Cholesterol-free

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.

Cancer prevention

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.

Skin care

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.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • saeed
    Jul 19, 2014 - 8:50PM

    Try unbleached ‘brown rice’…rice looses most nutrients after is bleached to look like white.

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  • saeed
    Jul 20, 2014 - 5:36PM

    Earlier I commented that white rice was bleached…My mistake,

    Actually, White rice is unbleached. it is processed, However a lot of the vitamins and minerals are removed during processing. White rice is produced by milling brown rice and removing the husk, bran, and germ.

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