Rice is about the most common food that is being eaten all over the world. It is the staple food of a whole lot of persons who delight in consuming different rice varieties – Arborio rice, Brown rice, Basmati rice, etc. But eating rice should not just be about filling your appetite or bidding hunger away, rice does come with several health benefits – some of these shall be discussed later in this article. And just for the mention; rice contains fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, vitamins, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, copper and selenium. The amount of these nutrients can vary based on the variety of rice in view.
It is for the purpose of getting these benefits that some persons prefer to use the rice cooker to prepare their meal. It is believed that this set of cookers [like the Zojirushi Induction Heating Rice Cooker and Cuckoo Electric Pressure Rice Cooker] help to preserve the flavor and fluffiness of the rice thus making it more delicious – this could eventually mean more nutrients being retained.
5 Health Benefits of Rice
We shall now look at 5 of the numerous health benefits derivable from eating rice.
Prevention of Cancer
While white rice is not so good in this regard, brown rice – which is whole grain – is very efficient for preventing cancer. This is based on the fact that brown rice contains a lot of antioxidants which help to fight off the effect of free radicals – the presence of free radicals in the body system can increase the chance of having cancer. Plus, studies have also found fiber to be potent in curtailing colorectal cancer.
Owing to the fact that rice has high fiber content, it can be very helpful in boosting bowel movement. Thus rice enhances the digestion and also eradicates the likelihood of developing digestive disorders.
Boost Immune System
Rice also helps to boost the functioning of the immune system. This is because rice contains vitamin D, thiamine, riboflavin and some other essential nutrients required for sustaining the body’s metabolic processes.
Regulation of Body Fluid
Sodium is very relevant in triggering the stimulus that helps to inform to demand for fluid whenever the body runs short of it. And it’s safe to say that rice aids in regulating body fluid since it contains a rich supply of sodium.
When it comes to gaining energy, we know that carbohydrates are the major nutrients. Rice serves us a good amount of carbohydrates, and if you want it (energy) so fast, you should try the Basmati strain which contains a special type of carbohydrate known as amylase.