Fried rice, Jollof rice, White rice, Coconut rice, Turmeric rice, Vegetable rice, Local rice and name them. I have a suspicion someone is already drooling at just the mention of these delicacies. Rice is one of the national delicacies for Nigerians home and abroad, we see it everywhere and love it in all of its forms; but how good it is beneficial to our bodies is a subject only few are interested to know.

Rice is the agricultural commodity with the third-highest production in the world (741.5 million metric tonnes in 2014) after sugarcane (1.9 billion metric tonnes) and maize (1.0 billion metric tonnes). Rice is the most significant grain with respect to human nourishment, rice is the seed of the grass specie Oryza glaberrima (African rice) or Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or. As a cereal grain, it is the most generally devoured staple food for a large part of the world’s human population. Rice is an ancient food and it is accepted to have been first cultivated in China around 6,000 years ago; however, archeological disclosures have later discovered crude rice seeds and old homestead devices going back to around 9,000 years. For most of its long history, rice was a staple just in Asia; not until Arab voyagers brought rice into old Greece, and Alexander the Great carried it to India; then rice found its way to different corners of the world


Rice is abundant in carbohydrates and it gives enough vitality to the body. Carbohydrate is utilized by the body and transformed into functional, usable energy. The nutrients, minerals, and different organic component increases the functioning and metabolic activity of all organ systems in the body, which builds further the energy levels.

Rice is low in metallic element, thus it’s thought of as one among the simplest foods for those suffering from high-blood pressure level and cardiovascular disease. For example, Sodium can cause veins and arteries to constrict, increasing the stress and strain on the cardiovascular system because the pressure level will increase. This is often additionally related to heart conditions like arterial sclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, thus avoiding excess metallic element is often a healthy answer.

Rice is rich in insoluble fiber that protects against many varieties of cancer. Several scientists and researchers believe that such insoluble fibers are important for safeguarding the body against the development and metastasis of cancerous cells. Fiber is specifically beneficial in defending against colorectal and intestinal cancer; it conjointly has natural antioxidants like water-soluble vitamin, vitamin-A, phenolic and flavonoid compounds, that conjointly act as or stimulate antioxidants to scour the body for free radicals. Free radicals are by-products of cellular metabolism which will do serious injury to organ systems and cause the mutation of healthy cells into cancerous ones. In such cases, rice helps in boosting inhibitor levels inside the body.

Medical experts say that powdered rice may be applied locally to cure some skin ailments. In India, rice water is quickly prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners as a good ointment to cool down off inflamed skin surfaces. The phenolic compounds that are found in it, significantly in rice, have medicament properties – they are sensible for soothing irritation and redness. Whether consumed or locally applied, a substance derived from rice tends to alleviate a variety of skin conditions.

Rice does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium which increases obesity; rather, it forms an integral part of a balanced diet. The low levels of fat, cholesterol conjointly helps to reduce obesity and therefore the health conditions related to being overweight. It’s one in all the foremost wide used and eaten up foods within the world because it can keep people healthy, energized and satiated, even in very small quantities.

Do we say more? All round, rice is an all time favorite, it’s simple to prepare, cheap to find and delicious to the taste; hardly anyone requires encouragement to feast on it. So go ahead, enjoy your next plate of rice with relish, knowing that it’s a mouthwatering, tummy filling, body nourishing plate of goodness. ENJOY YOUR RICE MEAL!


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