Rice Healthy Food Guide

Peak season: Available year-round.

Recipe shown above: Minted Peas & Rice with Feta


I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2,000 of something.

—Mitch Hedberg, comedian

All rice grains have four basic components: the protective outer hull (which must be removed), the bran and the germ (both of which are removed to create white rice), and the creamy endosperm. With the bran and germ intact, high-fiber brown rice has good amounts of vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytochemicals. And as of May 2008, brown-rice labels are allowed to bear the whole-grain health claim, indicating that the consumption of brown rice can help prevent heart disease and certain cancers.


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