Rice Assignment

Making perfect white rice seems an essential tool in any kitchen.  Nowadays, even more evidence is pointing to other rices (brown rice in particular) being healthier.

The Different Types of Rice


The different types of rice include the following:

Short-grain rice is very starchy and cooks up soft and sticky. It’s used in things like sushi, paella, and risotto.

Long-grain rice contains less starch so the cooked grains are drier and more separate. It’s often used in pilafs or dishes with a lot of sauce.

Jasmine and basmati are long-grain varieties that have been cultivated to bring out distinctive flavor profiles. They often turn up in Indian and Asian food.

Brown rice—which is also available in long and short grains—is a lot chewier and heartier than white rice and takes about twice as long to cook.

There are many articles that talk more about the culinary properties and uses of different kinds of rice. But what about the nutritional aspects?

Your assignment is to find an article about good starches and/or bad starches.  Post the link and write 3-5 sentences summarizing their position and explaining why you agree or disagree.

Here is my example:


This article mentions that wild rice is not a rice at all; it is actually a type of marsh grass.  Wild rice has almost twice the protein as short-grain rice (which is already pretty healthy!).  It is high in lots of vitamins and minerals, as well, making it no surprise that Native Americans of many tribes used it as a staple.  I agree that more wild rice can be added to most peoples’ diets by using it in stuffings or complementing other rices.


86 thoughts on “Rice Assignment

  1. The article shows that whole grains and other starchy foods are highly nutritious for you. Also winter squash and sweet potatoes have a source of beta-carotene. The thing that it doesn’t exactly show what isn’t that great for you, but it does say that beans are healthy in soups in place of starches sometimes.

  2. Rice, grown in flooded fields, is particularly prone to taking in arsenic that naturally occurs in the soil, rocks and water. Consumer groups and pediatricians have called for the FDA to set arsenic standards in rice and for parents to broaden children’s diets into other grains. Arsenic also is present in some pesticides and fertilizers.

    Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, called the sampling results “an important step in our process, and the most complete set of data on arsenic in rice in the world.” Mr. Taylor said the further inquiry by the FDA into chronic risks of rice consumption would probably last into next year and called the effort a high priority for the agency.

    The U.S.A. Rice Federation said it was “pleased” by the test results and said the FDA “has provided American consumers with renewed assurances that there is no need to change a well-balanced diet that includes rice.” Spokeswoman Deborah Willenborg said the industry is conducting research into how it can lower the level of arsenic in its products.

    This article is about the FDA aresenic standards in rice and for kids diets and weight loss.

    Haylee Odom Per:6

  3. This article talks about how brown rice is healthier than white rice. It contains the healthiest parts, the hull and the bran. Once removed from the rice, nutrients are stripped. Then it becomes white rice, which is not that healthy for you.

  4. http://www.livestrong.com/article/406304-is-jasmine-rice-healthy/

    In an article done by Live Strong it said that, jasmine rice or Thai Hom Mali rice, long-grained rice doubles the pleasure of eating a steaming bowl of fluffy rice because of its delicious, nutty taste and characteristic flowery aroma.
    Rice is a staple food source found all around the world. Jasmine rice is known as a good and healthy starch. It contains about 200 calories cooked. It is a great source of niacin, thiamine, iron and selenium because the amounts found in the cooked product range between 10 and 20 percent of the recommended daily requirement.

  5. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/good-starches-eat-5265

    This article is about the different types of starches that exist and the pros and cons of all the starches listed( whole grains, legumes, potatoes, and winter squash). I agree with putting all these in the article because the point of this article is to persuade people to put these in their diets in order to live a healthier lifestyle. Starches are found in a multitude of foods, so you just need to figure out in which food they are in.

  6. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/expert.q.a/04/17/potatoes.starch.glycemic.index.jampolis/

    This article talks about which starches you should avoid, and how often certain foods should be eaten. The starches that the article says you should limit especially are the refined starches in which most of the nutrients are removed from the food. I agree with this article because it didn’t really say that any foods in particular are bad as long as they are eaten in moderation.

  7. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/resistant-starch-white-rice-1472.html

    This article talks about starches and how our body uses them. Starches are essential for providing energy to our bodies. A common misconception is that rice contains a high amount of good starch, it actually contains resistant starch, which is a starch that is indigestible by humans. If you are looking for a healthy diet, it is more nutritional to eat brown rice than white rice.

    Garrett Kloth P3

  8. http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/expert.q.a/04/17/potatoes.starch.glycemic.index.jampolis/

    this article talks about which starches are beneficial to us. Starches are a healthy because they are high in fiber and vitamins, but refined starches aren’t good because they have the outer two layers peeled off, so the rest is just starch.

    I agree with this because it’s good and healthy to have some starch, but too much of a good thing, isn’t such a good thing. limiting yourself is healthier than overindulging

  9. This article shows all the different rices that you can make and have. There are so many different choices like brown rice or white rice. You can add flavor to your rices by adding different sauces. It tells you what to avoid like flour products.

  10. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/good-starches-eat-5265.html

    This article, to sum it up, explains what some good starches are to eat and are high in nutrition. It explains that most people believe starches are only going to cause you to gain weight, but mixed in with a health diet it can be beneficial and give you the extra energy you need every day. It also suggests speaking with a professional before drastically changing your diet to accustom grains.

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