The Benefits of Eating Parboiled Rice

Most of us know that rice is one of the most consumed foods on this planet and more than 50% of its human population relies on rice as its staple food item. Of the many, amazing varieties of rice used globally, one is parboiled rice. This moniker might fool you into believing that it is a pre-cooked/boiled variety, but that is just not the case. It is just processed differently from other rice varieties and the resultant rice is cooked and served just like other varieties of rice.

As opposed to the most consumed rice variety, i.e. the white rice, which is processed by removing the hull, the parboiled variety retains the hull, and is hydrated and steamed during its processing. This lets the grains retain the nutrition provided by the bran layer. This steaming process causes the vitamins and mineral to migrate from the bran to the rice kernel.

This practice of parboiling rice was widespread in southern India along with a few Southeast Asian countries before it caught favour with the western nations. Let’s now discuss how healthy this parboiled variety of rice is:

Carbohydrates

Parboiled rice has almost double the fiber content than the most consumed white rice. A single cup of parboiled rice is a source of 41 grams of total carbohydrates, which is about a third of our daily carbohydrate requirement. This same amount of parboiled rice satiates 4-6% of our daily fiber need. Moreover, the carbohydrates in this variety do not cause a surge in the blood sugar level due to their low glycemic score of 38, which is more than twice as low as that of white rice.

B Vitamins

The parboiled variety is a rich source of B vitamins, niacin and thiamine. When combined, these vitamins digest the sugar and help convert the carbohydrate into energy. B vitamins in parboiled rice also help you create neurotransmitters and hormones.

Minerals

A cup of parboiled rice provides around 3% of our daily requirement of calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. Your body also gets about 5-7% of your daily zinc requirement. These help your body in forming the protein structure and regulate DNA. It also saves your immune system from getting impaired.

Folate

Folate or Vitamin B9 helps our body metabolize amino acids and nucleic acid. These are used to make protein and DNA respectively. Parboiled rice serves as an amazing source of folate. Eating parboiled rice ensures that our homocysteine levels stay normal, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. A cup of parboiled rice provides us with more than 200 micrograms of folate, which is slightly more than 50% of our daily requirement.

Parboiled rice is very similar to brown rice. All those familiar with brown rice know that it’s slightly more difficult to digest, as compared to white rice. This is mainly due to the starch not getting broken down so easily. This is, however, not the case with parboiled rice. The starch in this variety is more gelatinized, due to the hydration and steaming process.

To know more about the various such rice varieties and their health implications, make sure you keep following Nextech Agri Solution.

Beware! A New Breed Of Chinese Rice Is Here

In our previous blog, we talked about Red rice and its benefits. It may have been very informative for you considering that breed of rice is not popular. You are only aware about White rice, brown rice, parboiled rice, etc. Today, we will be discussing about another new variety of rice grain that has just hit the market and has left the consumers shell shocked when they discovered what it actually is.

Now before I proceed further, let me tell you something. This new breed or rice is no where ordinary. Its In fact not even a grain. It’s plastic! Yes. The trending commodity that has worried the buyers is the circulation of plastic rice. I know you must be wondering how come plastic is not differentiable from normal rice. You see, this is the tricky part. The hard work that has been done behind manufacturing this lookalike is genuinely commendable because the rice isn’t literally made of plastic. It’s plastic in the sense it’s fake. That’s why; it is also called as fake rice.

Manufactured in China, made from potatoes and sweet potatoes, the concoction is moulded with synthetic resin into the shape of actual rice. It is reported that this stuff has successfully made its way into numerous countries (including us obviously) where the rural population is significantly larger than the rest. And people aren’t able to differentiate it with the natural grain.

A petition has been filed in Supreme Court stating a real-time testing to be done and requisite action to be taken afterwards when verified because if this is what we are consuming everyday then sooner or later we will be doomed. Till the time something happens from the government’s side, there are methods that are figured to identify the fake rice and protect yourself from getting harmed which we will discuss in our following blog. Till then, stay tuned to Nextech Agri Solutions.

Red Rice And Its Health Benefits

Wheat and rice are the two grains that every living being on this planet consumes. However, the grains come in diverse varieties of which we are aware about mere a few. According to Wikipedia, there are approximately 40, 000 breeds of rice grains of which just half-a-dozen are widely consumed which include White Rice, Brown Rice, parboiled Rice, Black Rice or Forbidden Rice. Even of the mentioned forms of rice, the abundantly consumed rice is either white or brown rice. So, today, we are going to update you about another type of rice i.e. Red Rice.

Red Rice comes from Thailand where it has been cultivated since the sixth century. The grain is an unhulled or partially unhulled and has a red husk. A lot many times it is referred by the people as Red yeast rice, a specialized product manufactured in China and Japan. Unlike brown rice, the grain has a very nutty flavor and a significantly high nutritional value. Reason being the microbe of the grain is left intact.

When the rice is cooked, the red color of the bran or the hull drains out and stains the rest of the dish to pink. Speaking about the benefits of red rice, the grain is high in fiber and its flavor is a lot stronger as compared to hulled rice with tasting more nutty and full. The rice can be served with numerous foods other than eating it alone itself. Moreover, it can be consumed like normal, white rice as well.

Red Rice is also used in conventional Chinese medicine to cure diverse medical conditions. According to some recent studies, it is suggested that the grain can be helpful in fighting harmful cholesterol. There are some side effects to eating Red Rice as well which includes gas, heartburn and dizziness. However, it is more severe in its raw form when it’s planted as in it can cross breed, producing inferior rice plants. Several attempts have been made to genetically fix this problem.

Overall, Red Rice is another potent grain to eat which has more benefits than side effects for our better health. To know more about interesting facts and information regarding wheat or rice grains, stay tuned to our blog at Nextech Solutions.

Health benefits of Black Rice

Most of you are aware about white rice, brown rice, and parboiled rice. Reason being these varieties of rice grain is consumed worldwide in numbers and are always the topic of discussion as to which one is the healthiest rice of all. However, today we have a very interesting blog for you. We are going to talk about Black Rice and the advantages it possess. Alright, it’s very probable that you are hearing about Black Rice for the first time. It’s pretty normal considering this kind isn’t very popular as it is found only in a few countries.

Black Rice or Forbidden Rice has been around for centuries but it wasn’t consumed much before. Now though, its proficiency is valued a cut above all the rice brands as it is touted as ‘Super food’ by the people. Black Rice is extremely rich in Anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant that helps remove harmful cells from the body. It’s the same compound that gives blackberries or blueberries the color and high level of antioxidants.

Speaking about the color, Black Rice gets purple when it’s cooked. Scientists recommend buying and cooking the ‘whole black rice’ as it is more pure and contains significantly large amount of nutrients. The major health benefits of Black Rice are as follows: –

1. Presence of high amount of antioxidants helps prevent risk of heart diseases and cancer.
2. Favorable in detoxification of Liver as it removes unwanted substances from the body.
3. Prevents high blood pressure and plaque formation in the heart.
4. Helps fight diarrhea and bowel syndrome.
5. Low sugar content shuns the risk of diabetes and is good for those suffering from the problem.
6. Is more effective than brown rice in protecting against obesity.
7. Contains numerous minerals such as Iron, magnesium, phosphorous, etc that is essential for healthy functioning of the body.
8. It is a source of high protein compared to the polished rice.

Well, counting all the specified advantages of Black Rice, it is clear that this variety of rice grain is a powerhouse of abundance of vitamins and minerals and therefore is superior to its counterparts i.e. white rice, brown rice, and parboiled rice. The one remaining thing as to why Black Rice is called Forbidden Rice and what is the price and availability of it in the global markets we will discuss in our next blog. Till then, stay tuned to our blog for more informative posts regarding wheat and rice grain.

Health Benefits of Rice

The best rice mill Consultant, Nextech Solutions brings to its readers another interesting blog. Rice lovers all over the world really don’t look for reasons to eat rice but many including those that don’t consume rice are quite unaware that eating rice has a lot of benefits. So, it would come as a surprise to all of you that your favorite food grain can boost skin health, increase metabolism, aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure, help weight loss and improve the immune system. All the more reasons to eat rice, isn’t it?

Rice is a great source of energy. The dreaded word carb that makes us cringe away from food is actually an important nutritional requirement of the body. Rice is abundant in carbohydrates and acts as a fuel for the body. It fills the human body with energy that helps in the proper functioning of various organs, especially the brain. Not just that, rice is completely devoid of cholesterol. It does not contain any harmful fats or sodium, which makes it a healthy and well balanced diet food. Being low in sodium, rice is beneficial for all those suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension. Food with high content of sodium can be really unhealthy and cause stress in the body as they constrict veins and arteries.

The benefits of rice are not just limited to proper bodily functions but a beautiful skin too, according to many medical experts applying powdered rice can cure certain skin ailments. Ayurvedic practitioners have often prescribed rice water as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin surfaces. Certain Brown or wild rice has anti-inflammatory properties, so they are also good for soothing irritation and redness.

It doesn’t just end there, rice is also useful in preventing diseases such as Alzheimer, the high level of nutrients in brown rice stimulate the growth and activity of neurotransmitters which keeps Alzheimer’s disease at bay. Surprising isn’t it that your everyday food supplement is loaded with so many health benefits. Watch this space to learn more interesting facts about rice.

Indian Rice Varieties To Try Before You Die – II

Readers of the blog of the provider of the best rice mill machinery, Nextech Solutions would know that we are working on a model of blogging that would keep them apprised with the latest Indian & International happenings in the grain and seed industry. For those who are unaware, go through our news article on India emerging as the leader in global rice bran oil conference, or Chinese fake rice. This, is going to be a continuation of our previous rice post on Indian rice varieties to try before you die.

Sona Masoori: Also known as Samba Masoori, Jeela Karra Masoori, HMT and BPT 5204, the popularity of Sona Masoori can be judged from the fact that it’s exported to US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and several Asian countries. It is grown in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. Neither long grain, nor short grain, this is a medium grain variety, aromatic and low-starch. In Southern India, it’s used for preparations such as idli, biryani and pongal.

We hope that with this and the previous post on the blog of rice mill plant manufacturer India, Nextech Solutions, you have decided to try Patna Rice, Ambemohar and Sona Masoori. We would love to know what you think. Please drop a comment!

Indian Rice Varieties To Try Before You Die – I

Your favourite rice mill plant manufacturer India, Nextech Solutions, brings to you another informative blog post. Basmati rice is India’s most popular rice variety, and rightly so, but there are so many others that are just as good, in terms of texture, aroma and flavour. Today, we get you acquainted with two such rice varieties.

Patna Rice: While India is well-known for long grain, fragrant Basmati rice, not many know that this variety, also known as Parimal rice, is rather good too. The name of the variety comes from Bihar’s capital, with it being cultivated in the fertile Indo-Gangetic plains of Patna, and surrounding areas. It has been savoured by rice lovers for thousands of years. While it is closely related to Basmati – elongated (Over 6 mm), slender grains and mild/ subtle flavour, its fragrance is stronger than its more popular cousin’s. When cooked, the rice remain fluffy, and don’t stick together, making it ideal for use in pilafs & several preparations.

Ambemohar: From a long grain variety, to a short one. Ambemohar is only grown on the hills of western Maharashtra. Very popular there, the characteristics of this regional variety are contrary to those of Patna rice – short, round grains, with a strong, though almost addicting aroma & flavour, reminiscent to mango blossom. Like most short-grained varieties, it develops a sticky texture upon being cooked. It’s similar to the Gujarati Surti Kolam variety. Sadly, susceptible to disease, and low-yielding, Ambemohar has almost been completely replaced by hybrid Indrayani today. It was developed by crossing Ambemohar with a high-yielding rice variety.

We are sure that our two choices have you intrigued. Our blog is much more than a resource on rice mill machinery. Next week, we would introduce you to two more rice varieties. Watch this space!

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A Glimpse into Rice

Rice is a staple diet in many countries. It provides almost one-fifth of the required nutrition in a human. Rice is the seed of a grass species called ‘Oryza sativa’. India produces 20-22% of world’s rice. The billion people in the country consume most of the rice produced. The rest of production’s exported to countries like Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Ethiopia & Afghanistan. Asia is the biggest consumer of rice. India & China constitute most of the production as the fertile conditions suit rice’s production in the region. Almost 45% of world’s rice is produced in the region.

Origin of Rice

Archaeologists are still debating about the true origins of rice. The truth is that it originated somewhere in the Indian or Chinese plains & valleys some 8,000 years ago. From here, the crop spread to Europe & the Americas through colonization and trade.

Rice Cultivation

Rice is a tropical plant that requires high heat & humidity and lots of water. The sowing and growing temperatures range from 20-30°C (avg. 24°C). It’s a labor intensive crop therefore places with low labor costs suit its production. Water is very essential for its production. Therefore, plains primarily favor rice production. But it is also grown in steep mountains and hills through terrace cultivation.

The traditional method of cultivation includes flooding the fields after the setting of seeds. In hills, this is done by channeling water through terraces. Therefore, rice fields shall be level with low mud walls to hold water. Slit, loam or gravel soils are good for growing rice. Also, the plant can bear acidic and alkaline soils. Fertile clayey/loamy soils are perfect and ideal for raising rice.

Some common methods of cultivating rice are drilling method, Japanese method, broadcasting method & transplantation method.

Varieties of Rice

There are many varieties of rice based on color, benefits and features. Rice undergoes a process of milling which means removal of the outer husk layer for consumption. Sometimes, rice is unmilled which helps it retain its original color. So, the main varieties of rice are as follows.

  1. White rice – This is the usual rice most of us consume. It cooks very easily.
  2. Brown rice – It is rich in minerals and has lots of benefits. This rice is unmilled, hence the color. It needs longer cooking times as the intact bran resists water initially.
  3. Parboiled rice – In between brown & white variant, parboiled rice has more nutrients and cooks faster. It is partially boiled in the husk during production.
  4. Red rice – Red rice is medium grained rice with a reddish brown color (also unmilled). It has a nutty flavor and chewy consistency.
  5. Wild rice – Native of North America, wild rice is an aquatic grass. It’s gluten-free, rich in protein and fiber with a low-fat consistency.
  6. Basmati Rice – This is the “king of the rice”. It is long-grained & famous for its shape, taste and most importantly ‘aroma’. India is the largest producer.

Energy Supplier

Rice provides major amounts of energy into our body. Almost 40% of our nutritional requirements can be fulfilled with weekly consumption of rice. However, different varieties of rice have different nutritional benefits. Brown rice for example contains essential minerals like fiber, selenium & manganese while the white variant doesn’t provide such natural elements.