20 April 2010
Weight for weight rice is lower in protein and calories than bread and wheat flour. Rice contains B group vitamins and is a source of calcium, iron, zinc and other minerals and vitamins, but in quite low levels. Much of the B vitamin and mineral content of rice is in the outer husk of the grain, but some of this is lost in the polishing process. Although there are a number of different varieties of rice, there is very little nutritional difference between them.
Types of rice
Long-grain rice is used for most savoury dishes, with basmati rice particularly prized for its flavour. Short-grain round rice, used for savoury dishes in Thailand and China, is also the rice of choice for puddings. The Italian arborio rice has a starchy, glutinous quality good in risottos.
Dishes with rice: