News and Facts for Rice

Facts and figures about rice
The Chinese Word for Rice is the same as their word for food Rice is the main food for half the people in the world.
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. Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why it was a tradition to throw it at weddings, confetti has now replaced rice. To see how many a children a newlywed couple will have the Finns count the number of grains of rice in the brides hair. Grains of rice in a salt cellar will help to keep the salt free flowing. Rice is cultivated in over 100 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. There are over 29,000 grains of rice in one pound of long grain rice. The average person in the UK eats approximately 4.4kg of rice each year. On cooking rice swells to give at least three times its original weight. 96% of the world’s rice is eaten in the area in which it is grown

Brown rice
In some parts of the world, the word "to eat" literally means "to eat rice." All varieties of rice are available throughout the year, supplying as much as half of the daily calories for half of the world's population.

The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3 and iron.

This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Brown rice provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Brown rice can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Brown rice, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart.
Health Benefits

  • Brown-but not white-rice is one of the world's healthiest foods
  • Manganese-energy production plus antioxidant protection
  • Women who eat whole grains weigh less
  • Brown rice is rich in fibre and Selenium
  • Lower cholesterol with whole brown rice
  • Significant cardiovascular benefits for postmenopausal women
  • Phytonutrients with health-promoting activity equal to or even higher
  • than that of vegetables and fruits
  • Lignans protect against heart disease
  • Reduce your risk of metabolic syndrome
  • Brown rice and other whole grains substantially lower type 2 diabetes
  • risk
  • Tune Down and Bone Up on Brown Rice
  • A Good Source of Fiber
  • Fiber from Whole Grains and Fruit Protective against Breast Cancer
  • Help Prevent Gallstones
  • Whole Grains and Fish Highly Protective against Childhood Asthma


Food fibre content in grams
Oatmeal, 1 cup 3.98
Whole wheat bread, 1 slice 2
Whole wheat spaghetti, 1 cup 6.3
Brown rice, 1 cup 3.5
Barley, 1 cup 13.6
Buckwheat, 1 cup 4.54
Rye, 1/3 cup 8.22
Corn, 1 cup 4.6
Apple, 1 medium with skin 5.0
Banana, 1 medium 4.0
Blueberries, 1 cup 3.92
Orange, 1 large 4.42
Pear, 1 large 5.02
Prunes, 1/4 cup 3.02
Strawberries, 1 cup 3.82
Raspberries, 1 cup 8.36