It’s that time of the week again, and this week’s Food Friday is going to be about rice.
I LOVE RICE! I eat it all the time. Plus it also has many health benefits. Of course, it does have a few down sides, but this delicious grain that comes in many forms is one of the most important foods for over half of the world’s population. It provides a good source of starch and carbohydrates, steadies blood sugar levels, can help reduce the risk of bowel cancer and is also an important source of energy and protein. Yet a diet that is extremely high in rice can lead to thiamin, iron and calcium deficiency.
You can find up to around 14 different types of rice in your local supermarket, from the most popular white long-grain, to brown long-grain, sushi rice to wild rice, each with their own unique flavour and texture to benefit different styles of cooking. Rice is also said to hold great medical benefits, being used as a natural medicine to treat cases from indigestion to diverticular disease, as well as treat mild cases of diarrhoea and constipation.
Popular types of rice include:
Arborio: A short-grain, “pearly” rice that forms a creamy consistency when cooked and is used to make popular Italian rice dish, Risotto.
Basmati: The “Prince of Rice”; a long-grain, aromatic rice most commonly used in Indian dishes.
Glutinous: A popular rice in Asia, it can be found in either white or black, and has a sticky texture when cooked. With it’s slightly sweet flavour, it is commonly used in the dessert Rice Pudding.
Jasmine: A aromatic rice similar to Basmati, but with a more sticky texture. Commonly used in Chinese cooking.
Wild Rice: Not actually a true rice, but the seed of a wild aquatic grass found in North America. It is a slim, long and black grain that is rich in Vitamin B. It is very expensive, so it is often mixed with other types of rice, like Brown rice.
The starch in rice is absorbed slowly, therefore steadily releasing glucose into the blood. This is helpful for maintaining blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. As rice is also gluten-free, it is safe for anyone with Coeliac disease or with a wheat intolerance.
Hope you guys enjoyed this short and quick segment of rice and look forward to whatever next week’s Food Friday will be about. Have fun guys. 🙂
Note: I am not a nutritionist. Everything here comes from hours of research.