Heath Tips 6 reasons why Ofada rice is great for the health

According to Dr (Mrs) Khadijah Alarape, the State Nutrition Officer of Oyo State Ministry of Health, ofada rice is a much healthier option than white rice.

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With the increasing intake of sugar and carbohydrate-rich diets, it's no wonder why diabetes has been on the rise in recent times.

Rice, is one of such carbohydrate-rich diets which is a stale of many a Nigerian home. But according to Dr (Mrs) Khadijah Alarape, the State Nutrition Officer of Oyo State Ministry of Health, ofada rice is a much healthier option than white rice.

According to her,

"A wholegrain like ofada rice has three layers; the bran, germ and the endosperm. The bran contains most of the nutrients and when the wholegrain is processed to white or polished rice, majority of the nutrients, most especially in the bran are lost.”

Alarape further said that ofada contains nutrients needed to fight colon and gall stones. Here are 5 reasons why you should switch white rice for ofada rice today:

  1. Brown rice has about two times the amount of magnesium and phosphorus; two and half times iron, three, four and 10 times more vitamin B3, B1 and B6, respectively and four times fibre than white rice.
  2. The cellulose content of ofada rice increases the fibre content in our food. This is usually useful in the management of calorie intake for some health conditions like diabetes mellitus.
  3. It is also useful in lowering cholesterol level, which safeguards against heart disease while the fibre also assists in preventing bowel disorders.
  4. Ofada rice lowers Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and it is also useful in weight management.
  5. Ofada rice has appreciable amount of selenium, which has been found to fight colon and breast cancers.
  6. The insoluble fibre helps in reducing the risk of gall stones which is common in women.
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