Did you know there’s a revolution currently taking place in the kitchen? Well, if you haven’t heard, more and more people are now starting to make the switch to wild rice, after eating white and brown for so long. Today, I'm going to explain why this is the case and you might just be tempted to do the same!
Starch – Before we head into the health benefits of wild rice, we should first discuss the major downfall of white and brown rice that is starch. Found in wheat, rice, and potatoes, starch is actually both odourless and tasteless. However, it manages to store carbohydrates in addition to sugar and dietary fibre.
In small amounts, this isn’t a problem for our diets. In large amounts, like the amount we consume in the typical Western diet, this is a huge problem.
In truth, the dangers of eating too much starch are actually very similar to the impact of eating too much sugar. First and foremost, starch contains a long glucose molecule and, when broken down in the digestive system, it converts into simple sugar which causes an increase in blood sugar levels. Secondly, starchy foods are typically some of the most calorific foods in the world. If you’re trying to lose weight, your body will actually convert extra starch into fat (just as it does with sugar). If these calories aren’t burned off, we gain weight (even though brown rice is promoted as the healthier of the two options).
Benefits of Wild Rice – With no sodium in wild rice, this allows you to reduce your blood pressure. However, the healthy dosage of fibre means that the cardiovascular system can be cleared of ‘bad’ cholesterol which is great news for the heart. Suddenly, you encourage repair and also damage control thanks to the high levels of vitamin C (if you want to protect your heart, there’s no better way!).
Of course, while I’m on the topic of fibre, this is fantastic for your digestive system because the nutrient is known to ease the whole digestive process. Overall, the right amount of fibre will create a healthy balance so you can remove diarrhoea, constipation, cramping, and even bloating. In the stomach, this also means you can reduce the risk of gastric ulcers and colorectal cancer.
For those of you that have reached a certain age, it can be tough when bones start to get tired. Ever wonder why you make a noise when you stand up or sit down now when this was never the case previously? Normally, this will be a sign of your bones and joints getting tired. However, phosphorus-rich foods are ideal for promoting bone strength and it just so happens that wild rice falls into this category.
Trying to lose weight? I know how it feels; down the years, I tried many different foods in an attempt to lose weight, yet nothing seemed to work.
If you feel as though you’re in a rut with your weight loss, wild rice is perfect. Wild Rice has a delicious nutty flavour and with its high fibre content, it helps you feel fuller for longer. It’s also free from gluten and low in calories.
As you can see, there are some great benefits to wild rice and I’m going to finish with a few more; thanks for reading!
Contains vitamins A, C, and E
Considered a grass which means wild rice can be consumed by diabetics
Many essential minerals including zinc, folate, and phosphorus
Up to 30 times more antioxidants than white rice
Twice as much protein as brown rice