May 15, 2019
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Rice is the seed harvested from the long, grass-like stalk of the Oryza sativa plant (Asian rice) or the Oryza glaberrima (African rice).
As a cereal grain, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in Asia.
From East Asia, rice was spread to South and Southeast Asia. Rice was introduced to Europe through Western Asia, and to the Americas through European colonization.
Today rice is grown on every continent on earth, except Antarctica.
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Today's Random Fact:
Asia alone both produces and consumes more than 90 percent of the world's rice.
The Chinese word for rice is the same as the word for food; in Thailand when you call your family to a meal you say, "eat rice"; and in China a typical greeting, instead of 'How are you?' is "Have you had your rice today?"
Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally thrown at weddings.
Brown rice is whole grain rice, with the inedible outer hull removed; white rice is the same grain with the hull, bran layer and cereal germ removed. Red rice, gold rice, black rice and purple rice are all whole rices, but with a differently-pigmented outer layer.
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The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process, while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body. Other benefits include its ability to boost skin health, increase the metabolism, aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure, help weight loss efforts, improve the immune system and provide protection against dysentery, cancer, and heart disease.