AKSHITA AGGARWAL

DIETITIAN

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June 14, 2017

Red Rice

 

Rice is a major staple diet for a number of people. But due to our sedentary lifestyle quick calories provided by the starch present in rice is undesirable. These can also increase sugar levels and hence diabetic people are asked to limit or avoid it.

 

Red rice unlike common white rice has high fibre content which helps in releasing calories in slower fashion facilitating proper absorption. Thus does not increase sugar levels or weight . It is diabetic friendly.

 

Major producer of red rice is Bhutan but in India , kerela also produces a similar variety commonly called “matta rice”  

 

Red color of the rice is due to high content of anthocyanin , which has strong anti oxidant property. Anti- oxidants are helpful in degenerative conditions like cardiac disorders, arthiritis , cancer etc.

 

Anthocyanin is also anti ageing and helps in reducing stress.

 

It is low in protein and has approximately half the quantity of protein as compared to wheat , thus it is easy on digestion and recommended for people who have acidity problems.

 

Rice generally causes constipation but due to high fibre content red rice is recommended in constipation too.

 

Iron content of red rice is quite high. It gives us almost 3.9 times more iron than wheat.

 

Red rice is also rich in b complex unlike white rice and hence has positive effect on our digestion and energy metabolism.

 

Since it is also rich in magnesium it also promotes bone health.

 

High fibre makes it cholesterol lowering and hence good for heart.

 

It may take longer time to cook as compared to normal rice due to high fibre content.

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