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- Rice is the primary dietary staple for more than half of the world's population.
- September is National Rice Month to celebrate the harvest of rice.
- Rice is grown right here in the U.S. About 22 billion pounds of rice is produced each year by farmers in Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri and Mississippi.
- The U.S. produces high-quality varieties of short, medium and long grain rice, as well as specialty rices including jasmine, basmati, arborio, red aromatic and black japonica, among others.
- Eighty-five percent of the rice consumed in the U.S. is grown here.
- U.S. rice farmers produce less than 2 percent of the world's annual rice supply, but are the world's 4th largest rice exporter.
- Americans consume about 25 pounds of rice per year.
- There are more than 10,000 rice farm operators in the United States.
- The Japanese word for cooked rice is the same as the word for meal.
- In India, rice is the first food a new bride offers her husband. It is also the first food offered a newborn. There is a saying that grains of rice should be like two brothers — close, but not stuck together.
- Instead of saying "How are you?" as a typical greeting, the Chinese ask "Have you had your rice today?"
U.S.-Grown Rice ...
- Is sodium-, cholesterol- and gluten-free.
- Has only a trace of fat and has no trans fat or saturated fat.
- Has approximately 100 calories per half-cup cooked serving.
- Is nutrient-dense and contributes over 15 vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and other B-vitamins, iron and zinc.
- Is an energy food, supplying complex carbohydrates that the body and brain need to function.
- Triggers the production of serotonin in the brain, a chemical that helps regulate and improve mood.
- Brown rice is 100-percent whole grain. One cup of whole grain brown rice provides two of the three recommended daily servings of whole grains.