Top 10 Reasons to Reach For Rice
Are you always on the lookout for healthy, budget-friendly foods that are also delicious? Look no further than rice! Rice provides a foundation for healthier eating and fits the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. Rice pairs well with vegetables, fruits, protein and beans to help you complete your plate. If that’s not reason enough to head to the store right now, here are 10 more reasons why rice should always be on your shopping list:
- Brown Rice Helps You Take It Down a Notch- Whole grains, such as brown rice, help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
- Get Ripped with Rice- Rice serves up the complex carbohydrates your mind and muscles need for fuel.
- Rice Packs a Serious Nutritional Punch- Rice provides more than 15 important vitamins and minerals, including B-vitamins, iron and zinc; just one cup of enriched white rice contains nearly 25% of your daily folic acid requirement.
- Come On, Get Happy…with Rice- Eating rice triggers your brain to produce serotonin, which boosts mood and keeps appetite in check.
- Rice is a “Hundred Calorie Pack”’- At only 100 calories per serving, rice is a smart choice for the millions of Americans who want to lose a few pounds or maintain a healthy weight.
- Gluten-Free Goodness- Enriched white rice and whole grain brown rice are naturally and completely gluten-free. Rice is also one of the least allergenic foods out there, making it a great choice for people with a variety of food sensitivities.
- Rice is a Perfect 10- At only about 10 cents per serving, rice fits every budget. Not to mention, it’s sodium-free and cholesterol-free, making it a perfect part of a healthy diet.
- The Scoop on Brown Rice- Nine in 10 Americans don’t eat enough whole grains; just one cup of cooked brown rice provides two of the three recommended daily servings of whole grains, so dig in.
- Fill ‘er Up with Rice- One human clinical study found that a serving of white or brown rice provides satiety — that feeling of fullness — and relatively few calories too.
- Farewell to Fat- Rice is virtually fat-free and contains no cholesterol-raising trans or saturated fats.
Source: USA Rice Federation: www.usarice.com