Although food and diet trends come and go, one thing remains. For thousands of years, rice is one of the most recognized nutritious grains in the world and is a staple of one of the most healthy diets today: the Asian diet.
California rice is a healthful, yet great-tasting food choice that is an important component in a balanced diet. This wholesome, nutritious grain:
- Contains only about 100 calories per 1/2-cup serving
- Is cholesterol-free and sodium-free
- Contains only a trace of fat
- Is a complex carbohydrate, which fuels the body
- In its brown form, is a good source of fiber
- Is gluten-free and non-allergenic
- Is easy to digest
Brown and White: What's the Difference?
Brown rice is milled to retain the rice bran layer, which gives it a nutty flavor and retains more of the vitamins and fiber. White rice is milled to remove the bran layer for a milder taste and texture.
Importance of Carbs as Part of a Balanced Diet
Remember: the key to healthy eating is consuming complex carbohydrates with moderate amounts of protein and fat. As a matter of fact, the National Academy of Science recommends,
"45-65 percent of calories comes from carbs, with a minimum of 130 grams of carbs daily to produce enough glucose for normal brain function."
Also understand that no one diet works for everyone. Check with your doctor to make sure you create a balanced way of eating that enhances both your health and your taste buds!