Rice Facts

  • Rice farming has been traced back to around 5,000 BC.
  • Rice is an excellent source of energy, especially energy-giving carbohydrates, which are used in the body for brain performance, physical activity, bodily functions and everyday growth and repair.
  • After carbohydrate, protein is the second most abundant constituent of rice. When compared to that of other grains, rice protein is considered one of the highest quality proteins.
  • Rice is low in fat and cholesterol free.
  • Rice is gluten free and the most non-allergenic of all grains.
  • Brown rice contains natural oils in the bran, so it has a shorter shelf life than white rice. It’s best to refrigerate or freeze brown rice to extend its shelf life.
  • Rice is an ancient cereal grain that sustains two-thirds of the world’s population.
  • There are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice. Of the 40,000 varieties, more than 100 grow world-wide, but only around 10% are marketed and sold.
  • Improved varieties are planted on three fourths of Asia's rice land and are responsible for producing most of the continent's rice.
  • Rice is thrown on newly married couples as a symbol of fertility, luck and wealth.