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Top 5 Reasons to Incorporate Rice into Your Diet

March 17th, 2015 by Cajun Country Rice

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.

Match Made in Cajun Country

February 12th, 2015 by Cajun Country Rice

Match Made in Cajun Country

Exploring and experimenting with different flavor combinations is the key to crafting memorable meals. But did you know that when it comes to rice, the variation you choose could add a whole new dimension to your dish? Each variation of Cajun Country Rice has dishes that are a perfect match. Read on to find out which combinations are meant to be.

Medium Grain White Rice

Medium grain rice is softer and clings together more than its long grain counterpart. It tends to soak up flavors well, making it perfect for dishes with thick sauces or gravies, like crawfish étouffée or rice and gravy. Its softness also pairs well with dishes like paella and risotto, and sushi. Our favorite way to eat it, however, will always be in a nice jambalaya!

Long Grain White Rice

While long grain and medium grain rice are somewhat interchangeable, long grain rice kernels are more separated and firm than medium grain. This grain is ideal for stir-fry dishes, like fried rice. It also holds up better in soups and gumbos.

Brown Rice

Often seen as the healthiest grain of rice due to its higher fiber content, this variety pairs well with lettuce wraps and lots of veggies. Ginger, sesame and mushroom flavors complement the nuttier notes of brown rice.

Jasmine Rice

Jasmine rice is a more delicate, soft variety and pairs best with Asian-inspired dishes and flavors like coconut, curry, and chai.

Popcorn Rice

Popcorn rice complements just about anything. It’s length and width is similar to long grain rice, but its fragrant, lively character adds an extra bit of love to any dish. Add popcorn rice to your red beans for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Celebrate What You Love

October 17th, 2014 by Christine Fulton

Celebrate What You Love

Every so often something is deemed so integral to Louisiana culture that it merits a celebration. Rice has been a staple of Louisiana agriculture since the eighteenth century, and has been celebrated in Crowley, Louisiana with the International Rice Festival for the past 78 years. Crowley has even been called “The Rice Capital of the World.”

Every year during the third week of October, the International Rice Festival welcomes people from near and far to participate in a variety of activities. The festival is filled with music, games and lots of eating. Everything heats up in Crowley — from the dance floor to the stove burners. This year marks the festival’s 78th celebration of rice and farming, and we encourage everyone to visit and check out the International Rice Festival for themselves.

Few things excite us as much as seeing our community gather to celebrate the crop that our family has enjoyed sharing for the past 72 years. We hate to miss a moment of the Rice Festival fun, but we may have to be excused to welcome our farmers’ harvest from their second crop of rice. But don’t worry — we’ll be back just in time to two-step.

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78th International Rice Festival

Crowley, La.

October 16-19, 2014

Schedule of Events

10 Facts About Rice

September 28th, 2014 by Robert "Robbie" Trahan

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10 Facts About Rice

Rice is one of the oldest known foods consumed by humans, and there are a lot of interesting facts out there about its history, use and nutritional value. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite facts about rice.

  • Humans have been eating rice for over 5,000 years.
  • Rice farming on a wide commercial basis in Louisiana began in the late 19th century.
  • Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally thrown during weddings.
  • September was established as National Rice Month in 1991 by Congress and the President.
  • After harvest, many rice farmers flood their fields to create a prime habitat for wintering waterfowl.
  • 10,000 farmers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Missouri grow over 24 billion pounds of rice in the U.S. each year.
  • 1 cup of long-grain, cooked rice has 206 calories.
  • Rice has always been naturally gluten free.
  • Rice is a great source of natural energy, supplying complex carbohydrates that fuel physical activity.
  • Rice fields can also be used to farm one of Louisiana’s favorite delicacies—crawfish.