Why is Bhutanese Red Rice good for my health?

Bhutanese Red Rice is a whole grain. Recent medical research has indicated that the regular consumption of whole grains helps maintain healthy weight, improves cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even certain cancers. White rice -- the most commonly eaten type of rice -- undergoes a refi ning process that removes the most nutritious parts of the grain. But Bhutanese Red Rice is harvested to retain both the bran (fiber-rich outer shell of the grain) and the germ (vitamin-rich inner seed of the grain). This results not only in a healthier food, but a tastier one too!

Irrigated by the glacial waters of the Himalayas, Bhutanese red rice is naturally enriched with important minerals like potassium, magnesium and iron. An excellent source of dietary fiber, it supports healthy digestion and lowers the risk of heart disease. Bhutanese Red Rice also has a low Glycemic Load (GL), which means that the carbohydrates break down gradually and slowly in the body, maintaining stable blood sugar and insulin levels. This results in a prolonged sense of fullness and sustained energy.

Filled with nutrients, Bhutanese Red Rice is a healthy, whole-grain addition to any meal. It also provides an excellent culinary option for those seeking wheat or gluten-free alternatives.

Why choose Bhutanese Red Rice over other types of rice?

Bhutanese Red Rice is not just a side dish. A staple of Bhutanese cuisine for centuries, it has an earthy, nutty taste that is both prominent and versatile; it can be enjoyed all on its own, or enhanced by herbs and spices in a wide variety of recipes. It is full flavored, with a crunchy, firm texture that softens nicely when cooked.

Its dramatic red color adds a visual elegance to any salad, stew or stir-fry. Thanks to a bran layer that is naturally thinner than other whole grains, Bhutanese red rice also cooks quicker than many types of brown rice (in just 20 minutes).

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What are the social & environmental benefits of Bhutanese Red Rice?

The country of Bhutan has a strong commitment to protecting its majestic mountains and fertile valleys, and to fostering harmony between the land and the people who live on it. Farming practices are required to comply with strict environmental protections, and ‘Dreams of Bhutan’ Bhutanese Red Rice is completely pesticide and herbicide-free. Agricultural developments in recent years have created the ability to sustainably produce higher crop yields while using less water -- supporting not only the land, but also the farmers and their families. Adding Bhutanese Red Rice to your diet and your dinner table is a great way to support your own vitality and the health of the planet.

Learn quick and creative ways to prepare Bhutanese Red Rice in this video from The Daily Meal.