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FDA Approves Health Claim for Brown Rice
Date:5/9/2008

ched white forms, rice is a complex carbohydrate that is naturally low in calories, is sodium-, gluten- and cholesterol-free, has just a trace of fat, and contains no trans or saturated fat. Due to its mild flavor, rice also complements many other healthy foods, including vegetables, lean meat, seafood, poultry, beans and soy foods. Rice is nutritious due to its nutrient profile, and it is also highly-digestible and non-allergenic, and can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Rice poses no risk for those who are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten or other proteins commonly found in other grain-based foods.

U.S.-grown rice accounts for nearly 88 percent of the rice consumed in America, and there is an ample supply of U.S.-grown rice for the domestic market. Rice is grown and harvested by farmers in five south central states and California according to the highest quality standards. The U.S. produces short, medium and long grain rice, as well as specialty rices including jasmine, basmati, and arborio, red aromatic and black japonica, among others. For more information, visit http://www.usarice.com.

(1) Whole Grain Consumer Awareness Telephone Survey conducted by Opinion

Research Corporation, April 2008.

(2) Betres-Marquez S.P., Jensen H.H., and Upton J.L. (2005) Trends in rice

consumption and contribution of rice to the total diet of Americans.

Abstract presented at Texas Dietetic Association Meeting.

(3) Fulgoni III, V.L., Fulgoni, S.A., Upton, J.L., and Moon, M. (2008)

Rice consumption is associated with a greater nutrient density, lower

blood pressure, decreased body weight, smaller waist circumference and

a reduced risk for metabolic syndrome in adults. Experimental Biology

meeting abstracts [on CD-ROM], Abstract #1081.

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