Nutritious? It sure is! This important carbohydrate is the staple food for more than two-thirds of the world’s population. Rice is a good source of thiamin, niacin, phosphorous, iron, potassium and folic acid. And, rice is healthful for what it does not contain. Rice has no fat, no cholesterol and is sodium free. Rice is also non-allergenic.
Rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates, which is an important source of the fuel our bodies need. Health experts recommend the largest portion of our diet should come from complex carbohydrates such as rice, bread, cereal and pasta. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid illustrates a well balanced diet, for the day: 2 to 3 servings from dairy, 2 to 3 servings from protein, 3 to 5 servings from vegetables, 2 to 4 servings from fruit and 6 to 11 servings from the rice, bread and cereal group. But if 6 to 11 servings sounds like a lot, it really isn’t. One serving of rice is only 1/2 cup, and serving of bread is only one slice.