Calif. — A new study confirmed what billions of people
know: Rice goes a long way in a healthy diet.
who consumed rice regularly tended to have healthier diets
overall, according to new research.
study published online in the peer-reviewed journal
"Food and Nutrition Sciences," lead author Theresa
Nicklas of Baylor College of Medicine analyzed seven years
of data collected in the National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey. The sample included 14,386 adults and
what they ate from 2005 to 2010. Nicklas and her team
evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall
diet quality and key nutrient intakes.
they found: Consumers who ate more rice tended to get more
nutrients while eating less fat and added sugar. They also
tended to eat more fruit and vegetables.
results show that adults who eat rice had diets more
consistent with what is recommended in the U.S. Dietary
Guidelines, and they showed higher amounts of potassium,
magnesium, iron, folate and fiber while eating less
saturated fat and added sugars," Nicklas said.
"Eating rice is also associated with eating more
servings of fruit, vegetables, meat and beans."
average, Americans eat about 27 pounds of rice a year. Of
that, about 70 percent is enriched white rice.
of that rice was grown in the USA; American farmers grow an
estimated 20 billion pounds of rice a year, according to the
USA Rice Federation.
the No. 2 rice-growing state, annually accounts for about
4.5 billion pounds, mostly short-grained rice. Virtually
every piece of sushi made in the U.S. contains