Thailand and rice. Two words that go together like sugar and spice. Like naughty and nice. Like hotpants and vanilla ice. We all know that Thai food is synonymous with this tiny white food staple, but did you also know that there are over 3500 different types of rice in Thailand alone. Talk about variety! I guess when you have had over 5000 years to perfect your craft, your bound to stumble into a few good options.
With such an array to choose from, it’s hard to know the hidden health benefits that different types of rice can offer. While white rice is arguably the most popular, it’s actually black, brown, and red rice that are the most nutritious. Because black, brown and red rices are less processed than white, they retain many of the key nutrients your body craves, such as protein, fiber, and health promoting bran.
Brown rice has higher levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all key to a balanced diet. In addition, brown rice can be helpful in digestion and bowel health, which is one movement we can all get behind! Red rice is a unique variety, which gets its rich red color from something called anthocyanins. Don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to say it, but just know that anthocyanins not only provide the rice’s distinct color, but also deliver protective antioxidant properties and anti-carcinogenic activities, which aid in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer prevention. Talk about a wonder food!
Finally, black rice, so wild that it is often referred to as “forbidden”, is said to be the healthiest of all. Despite being less popular than its paler brethren, black rice is actually chock full of antioxidants. In addition, it can help to promote heart health, and even detoxify the body.
Simply knowing the amazing benefits of black brown and red rice is only half the battle. In our fast paced lifestyle, who has time to do this research, let alone seek out where to find these mighty rices? If only there were a way to consume all three varieties in a handy snack that was not only nutritious, but extremely delicious.
Well fear not, rice seeker, for thy quest is over! Natch Snacks now has an incredible new chip that is made from whole black, brown, and red rice, and whole corn. What’s even more amazing is that this light and crispy chip is actually air popped, which means never fried. It’s an entirely guilt free snack you can enjoy anytime.
Check it out here and pick up a bag today. Never before has rice been so nice!