The Merits of White Rice

Have you ever wondered why rice is such a significant food throughout most of the world?  It’s an integral part of the Korean dining experience, and nearly unavoidable at Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue.  Even the classic white rice, though it has been subject to criticism as of late, should not be written off; though it is true that it loses some of its value when converted from brown rice, it also takes on a few extra nutrients in the enrichment process.  Just take a look at what this grain has to offer:

  • White rice is a source of iron and protein that is low in fat, low in sodium, and free of both cholesterol and gluten.

  • Though not as good a source of fiber as brown rice, a cup of white rice still provides .6 grams of dietary fiber.

  • Rice is a natural tonic and anti-inflammat.  It invigorates and strengthens your body while making you more resistant to certain types of pain and injury.

  • The resistant starch offered by rice is able to reaching the bowel undigested, where it cultivates helpful bacteria that work to maintain a clean digestive system.

  • White rice contains manganese, which is important to the immune system and bone structure.

  • Rice is a good source of potassium, which can help lower blood pressure by regulating your sodium content.

  • Several essential B vitamins are found in rice, which help to maintain a healthy heart and nervous system.