Is rice a part of your daily consumed food? It is low in fat and calories but high in fiber. Moreover, the benefits of rice are not restricted to dietary benefits only. Rice is not only a staple food across the world but is a traditional symbol for health, fertility and wealth in several countries. Rice is available in numerous varieties.
The general varieties of rice are jasmine, Texmati, Arboria, Calmati, Japanese, Brown rice, Basmati rice and Wild rice. White rice is very easily digested as said in Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, Basmati rice is termed as the king of all rices. Basmati rice is pure or sattvic, it balances all three doshas, it works as nourishment for the body cells and it is easily digestible. Aged Basmati rice has an aroma, apparently the best in the world. Ayurveda suggests avoiding rice that is boiled, pre-cooked or instant as it has less prana, nutrition and energy in it.
What is brown rice? It is certainly better for you compared to white rice. Yet, since some significant nutrients are exposed during the process of manufacturing white rice, a lot of companies decide to hold up what they took out. Brown rice is also effective to prevent colon cancer; it is another rice fact of Ayurveda. It is a great food to help keep your body fit. It acts as instant energy provider to the body and assists in functioning of the brain.
Ancient priests used rice as one of the ingredients in worship and today also, rice is sprinkled at newly weds to bless them with prosperity and healthy offsprings.
While research in the western countries endorse brown rice better for its fiber and bran content. Ayurveda recommends the long-grained basmati rice.
Ayurveda has a principle that anything can be a food depending on ‘what’ is eaten, ‘who’ is eating, and ‘how much’ is eaten. For instance, ginger root is used as a spice in cooking as to add flavor and facilitate digestion. It acts as stimulating medicine that can enable clear a cold and induce a sweat when consumed as a strong hot tea. But if it is taken in excess, it can make you fall ill causing vomiting and acidity, thus playing a role of poison in. So there is no hard and fast rule as ‘Ayurvedic diet’ per se, only recommendations to assist you to have the healthiest and tastiest diet helping to lead you towards the best of your health.
Practically speaking, Ayurveda considers that the best foods are rice, wheat, barley, mung beans, ginger, grapes, pomegranates, honey, ghee, and milk. It also normally recommends that you must avoid frequent use of heavy meats, yoghurt, cheeses, refined sugar, refined salt, processed foods, coffee, bananas, citrus fruits and black lentils.