Top 5 Reasons to Incorporate Rice into Your Diet

The USA Rice Federation identified many reasons to incorporate the grain into your diet, but we’ve chosen the top 5 and done a little extra research on why they matter.

1. Rice is sodium and cholesterol-free.

Why should I limit sodium?
Too much sodium in your system causes your body to retain water. This puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels, which may raise blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.

Why should I limit cholesterol?
It’s important to maintain low cholesterol levels, as excess cholesterol can result in a stroke or heart attack by blocking the arteries that lead to the brain and heart.

2. Rice has only a trace amount of fat and has no trans fats or saturated fats.

Why should I limit trans fats?
According to the American Heart Association, eating trans fats increases your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels.  It’s also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Why should I limit saturated fats?
Eating foods that contain saturated fats also increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Saturated fats raise the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood.

3. Rice is naturally gluten-free and the least allergenic of all grains.
There’s no need to worry about gluten sensitivity with this grain — it’s low allergen, gluten-free and easily digestible.

4. Rice is an energy food, supplying carbohydrates that fuel the body’s physical activity.
Carbs fuel athletes. The USA Rice Federation gives a breakdown of sport nutrition for the recreational athlete and also the competitive athlete. White and brown rice are great to include in pre- and post-workout meals. 

5. Rice triggers the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain that helps regulate and improve mood.
Mood disorders such as “winter blues” or its more severe version, Seasonal Affective Disorder, may be due in part to inadequate serotonin synthesis. Carbohydrates like rice have been shown to alleviate the symptoms of this common condition.

Cajun Country Rice

Cajun Country Rice

The Cajun Country brand has earned a solid reputation with cooks who want the best from their gumbo, jambalaya, etouffee, and other popular Cajun dishes. Whether it’s firm long grain, tender medium grain, healthy whole grain brown, or the slightly distinctive aroma of our popcorn rice or Jasmine rice, Cajun Country has been the leading brand of rice in Louisiana for those that demand quality products when cooking delicious meals.

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