Whole grains contain many other nutrients, including a host of B vitamins. B vitamins help your body get the energy it needs from food, and they also promote heart health, regulate mood, combat PMS symptoms, and may help slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline.
New research, partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USA Rice Federation, shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals.
In a study published online in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Nutrition Sciences, lead author Theresa Nicklas, DrPH, of Baylor College of Medicine, analyzed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey datasets from 2005-2010 and evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes in a nationally representative sample of 14,386 U.S. adults.
“Our 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,” said Nicklas. “Eating rice is also associated with eating more servings of fruit, vegetables, meat and beans,” she …
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