Rice Resources

Have you found yourself being uncontrollably drawn towards the kitchen (or someone else’s kitchen J) because of an overwhelming aroma wafting across? This is the allure of the aroma of Basmati! Basmati rice is unique not just for its fragrance and length of grain, but also for its nutritional value. There is no doubt that this is special strain of the cereal, and has a much higher nutritional value than other strain / varieties of rice. It is the only rice with less fat than other rice varieties, and it contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and some amount of protein – making it a healthier and preferred food staple. In fact, basmati rice can be consumed even by people on a diet or those with diabetes – which is not the case for any other rice strain.

Some benefits

  • Basmati rice has a lower glycemic index (meaning that the starch is easily digestible), making it safe for consumption for all people – it actually helps to regulate the blood sugar levels for both healthy individuals and those suffering from diabetes.
  • Basmati rice is high in fibre. Foods high in fibre not only help to control appetite, but also restrict the amount of fat absorption by the body. This is turn ensures that you feel full faster – eating well but less is a great way to maintain optimum weight and remain healthy.
  • Given the much lower amounts of saturated fats as compared to other rice, basmati rice can actually help with ensuring a healthy cardiovascular system – healthy heart. The unsaturated fats in this rice prevent clotting and other problems occurring in the arteries, making it a super-food for the heart. In addition, basmati rice has soluble fibre, which reduces the absorption of bad cholesterol.
  • The soluble fibre in basmati rice ensures that water levels remain optimum within the digestive tract, which in turn keeps the digestion smooth and constipation at bay.
  • Another top benefit of high fibre is the prevention of cancer cell formation. This makes basmati rice a super food because of its high fibre content – protecting the body from various forms of cancer, and particularly colon and breast cancers.
  • Basmati rice contains potassium and magnesium, both of which are scientifically proven to reduce high blood pressure. Both potassium and magnesium relax the blood vessel walls, and over time, people with hypertension would find a reduction in their symptoms when they consume basmati rice - hence, it makes sense to eat this flavoursome rice, which is packed with goodness.
  • Basmati rice contains the ‘brain vitamin’ – thiamine. Consumption of basmati rice therefore, helps to improve memory, concentration, functioning of the nervous system, and overall mental health and vigour. Research proves that Thiamine helps in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
  • Basmati rice is rich in complex carbohydrates, which are a good source of energy, and boost the metabolism of the body. In addition, carbohydrates provide the necessary energy required for the function of the brain and nervous system, and when consumed in adequate quantities, carbohydrates ensure that one feels energetic and full of vitality the entire day.

Rice Trivia

Amongst the most consumed grain globally, rice is a favourite staple of over six billion people, according to research. Worldwide research shows that at least 300 pounds a year of rice is consumed by the average person, and this could be higher in countries where rice is grown.

Do you know?

  • There is a National Rice Month – September
  • Globally over a billion people are involved in rice cultivation
  • The consumption of rice is most within 8 miles of where it is cultivated – 50% of the rice globally is consumed this way
  • Rice is the staple food of at least half of the global population
  • In India, the first food offered by a new bride to her husband is rice and it is also the first food given to new born babies
  • Rice is so loved and preferred that some people have shown their respect to it in songs and poetry
  • Antarctica is the only continent where rice is not grown
  • As the highest yielding cereal grain, one seed can yield more than 3000 grains

With its ‘fan following’ and nutritional value, rice is likely to retain its favoured spot for years going ahead.