Rice, a powerful grain for nutrition

Rice is a staple commodity for more than half of the global population. For the Rice Federation of the United States (USA Rice) “it is the grain with the most energy contribution”. It contains carbohydrates, protein, fiber, 15 essential vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, iron, zinc, and beneficial antioxidants.

It plays an important role in weight management. According to nutritionists, eating rice triggers the production of serotonin in the brain, which helps regulate and improve mood and keeps appetite under control. Each 1⁄2 cup serving has only 100 calories.

Other food specialists say that for exercise lovers, rice is a great ally. This grain is composed of complex carbohydrates that are digested more slowly and provides energy that contributes to physical activity.

In addition, rice is considered suitable for those on a vegetarian diet and looking for vegetable protein solutions, as well as for those allergic to foods such as gluten. Due to its properties and health benefits, the “Think of USA Rice” campaign in Central America promotes the consumption of rice.

According to the nutritionist María Lucía Rodríguez: It is a healthy food even for the little ones because it is free of cholesterol. “It is low in fat, sodium, and does not contain purines. It is very tolerable and has astringent properties, which is why it helps regulate bowel movements, ”she indicated.

 

A thousand ways to cook rice

Traditional white rice is the most consumed regionally, and not only because of its low cost, but because it can be prepared in a thousand ways and is liked by both adults and children. It can be cooked with different seasonings, mixed with other foods and even drinks can be prepared.

Long grains of rice work well in soups, entrees, side dishes, and salads. Medium and small ones work well in risotto, rice pudding, sushi, and other Asian dishes.

“It is important to take into account that, since there are different sizes of rice, its cooking method varies, so it is important to read the instructions on the packaging” mentioned Chef Javier.

Another important point is that cooked rice can be kept in the refrigerator, in a compact container, for three to five days, and it can be frozen for 6 months. So, there are no more excuses to cook delicious rice and save it to maintain a full daily diet.