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Hometown Foodie – Maybe White Rice Isn’t So Bad After All

#foodie-all – by Ellen Britt

Let’s face it…white rice is terrible for you?

Or is it?

We’ve been led to believe that white rice has been stripped of all its nutrients and because it’s a carbohydrate, really all it is is just pure sugar.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

White rice is eaten at nearly every meal in Japan and that country has some of the lowest rates of heart disease and obesity in the world. You would think if white rice was the culprit, then Japan would be a hotbed of heart disease and obesity, but it is not. In fact, since the 1960’s Japan has had the lowest rate of heart of any developed country.

Of course, since some Japanese have started adopting Western food patterns, including fast food consumption and smoking, that has started to change a bit. But white rice has been a major part of their diet well before these changes.

Traditional Chinese medicine considers white rice, especially when it is long cooked with plenty of water, into a porridge called “jook” or “congee” as especially healthful. Jook is delicious, easy and economical to prepare and can be enjoyed with your choice of toppings. 

With colder weather coming to most of the United States soon (or having already arrived!) a warming bowl of jook is comforting and filling. Children and older adults love it too, as it is extremely digestible. So enjoy your white rice without guilt and let’s eat y’all…!