The Wild Health Benefits of Wild Rice
By Sara Butler
Whole grains are good for you, and you need them as a part of a healthy diet. Brown rice has been a staple for many years for people who want a healthier alternative to white rice, but there’s another option you may not know about: Wild rice. You probably have some experience with wild rice as a part of other rice dishes, but it is a nutritional powerhouse on its own that you should learn more about!
What is Wild Rice?
Wild rice technically isn’t a grain, but a grass-based food traditionally grown in Asia and North America. Surprisingly, wild rice grows best in cooler climates, in places like Minnesota. It likes to grow in small, shallow lakes and has been an important food source for people and animals.
A Nutritional Powerhouse
Wild rice is packed full of vitamins and minerals. In fact, its nutritional profile is similar to that of grass fed beef. It’s full of iron, zinc, folate, phosphorus and is also:
- Gluten free
- Sodium free
- Twice as rich in protein as brown rice
- Rich in antioxidants
- High in fiber
- Lower in calories than other varieties of rice
The Health Benefits
There are several ways in which wild rice is good for your body and overall health, including:
- Improved heart health – The lack of sodium and high levels of fiber in wild rice make it a great tool in the battle against bad LDL cholesterol, and eating it reduces your chances of developing atherosclerosis. This means it helps to reduce some of the strain on your heart and help to repair damage to your cardiovascular system with its healthy dose of Vitamin C.
- Improved digestion – The amount of dietary fiber in wild rice is quite extraordinary, which makes it a must for easing your digestive processes. It can help to eliminate constipation, bloating, diarrhea, excess flatulence, and cramping. That means that it can also reduce your risk of developing ulcers, hemorrhoids, and colorectal cancer.
- Boost the immune system – The Vitamin C in wild rice can help to support a healthy immune system and stimulate the production of white blood cells to help fight infection. It helps to repair cells, tissues, organs, and the walls of your blood vessels.
Wild rice is something you should introduce to your diet if you haven’t already. So try some new wild rice recipes for your health today!
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