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Making Half Your Grains Whole is Easy with U.S.-Grown Rice

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It’s time to follow the USDA MyPlate healthy eating advice to “Make at Least Half You Grains Whole.”  Did you know every grain of rice starts its life as a whole grain?  Whole grain rice can be brown, black, red or wild.  The whole grain is the entire seed of a plant which includes the bran, the germ and the endosperm.  Together, these provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and other important nutrients.  

Enhance your next meal with the whole grain goodness of brown, red, black or wild rice to add flavor, color and crunch to your dish!  Try combining white and brown rice in one dish or add brown rice in soups, stews, salads, casseroles or stir-fries.  The possibilities are endless!

ChooseMyPlate.gov is a great resource to find the right amount of whole grains for you. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 6 one-ounce servings of grains daily (based on a 2,000-calorie diet), with half the servings coming from whole grains, such as brown rice, and the other half from whole or enriched grains like enriched white rice.  A half cup of cooked brown, red, black or wild rice equals 1 serving of whole grains.

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