Health & Happiness in a Bowl of Rice

Rice is a seed obtained from the grass species Oryza sativa and is widely consumed as staple food across the world. It can be used as whole or in the form of rice flour which is made by finely milling the rice.

Though it has received a lot of flak recently by nutritionists and dieticians, it still holds a vast universe of health inside when used in the right way. Take a look at some of the reasons and we are sure you will love the bowl of rice today.

Let’s do a quick check on its nutritional facts

Rice is a good source of carbohydrates, calcium, iron, thiamin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin E, Selenium, and Manganese.

And here we go with a Mega List of irresistible benefits

The source of Energy: Rice contains simple carbohydrates which are quickly converted into energy by the body. Vitamins, minerals, and various organic components enhance the functioning and metabolic activity of your organ systems, thereby increasing energy levels.

Good for heart: Rice contains low saturated fats and cholesterol thus cut the risk of arterial and heart disease.

Blood Pressure Management: It is low in sodium and so good for people suffering from high blood pressure and other heart conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Cancer Prevention: It is rich in insoluble fibre that can protect against many types of cancer specifically beneficial in defending against colorectal and intestinal cancer.

Natural antioxidants: It contains vitamin C, vitamin A, phenolic and flavonoid compounds, which act on free radicals.

Skin Care: Rice flour can be applied topically to cure certain skin ailments like inflammation, irritation, and redness.

It delays the occurrence of wrinkles and other premature signs of aging that can affect the skin.

Alzheimer’s disease: It contains high levels of nutrients that stimulate the growth and activity of neurotransmitters and neuroprotective enzymes in the brain, which inhibit the effects of free radicals and other dangerous toxins that can cause dementia.

Diuretic and Digestive

Qualities: Rice increases appetite; cures stomach ailments and reduces many digestive problems. It acts as a diuretic, to lose excess water weight, eliminate toxins from the body like uric acid, and treat dysentery.

Essential Vitamins: A good source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D,

calcium, fibre, iron, thiamine and riboflavin which help in metabolism, immune system health, and the general functioning of the organ systems.

Prevent Chronic Constipation: The insoluble fibre acts like a soft sponge that may be pushed through the intestinal tract quickly and easily.

Making Rice Delicious

Rice can be eaten as plain boiled rice with a variety of dals, curries, and vegetables. It can even be cooked with a combination of various ingredients to make Vegetable Pulav, Veg. Biryani, Daal Khichdi, Fried Rice, Coconut Rice, Chicken Biryani, Sea Food Rice, Rice balls, Rice Kheer, etc.

Rice flour can be used to make many tasty items like Pattolio, Dosa, Bhakri (Roti), Pancakes, Modak, Patishapta, Dhokla, Halwa, etc.

Using organic rice is the most convenient way to add unaltered nutrients in the diet. Organic rice, cultivated using the organic method of cultivation, is free from artificial colours, flavours, and chemicals.

Always buy high-quality rice from authentic organic producers.