For more than half of humanity, rice is life. It is the grain that has shaped the history, culture, diet, and economy of billions of people of Asia. In Thailand, rice is the essence of life. It permeates all aspects of the life of people from all walks of life.
In most rice-growing countries of Asia, the spirit of rice resides in the Rice Mother or the Rice Goddess. In Thailand, the Rice Goddess is Mae Posop. The birth and life of Mae Posop appear in the legend and folklore of all regions of the country. Mae Posop is the goddess who is the protector of rice. Thai people, since ancient times, believe that rice is important for their survival.
The rice seeds we are able to buy are known as “rough” to rice farmers. At one time, the rough was enclosed by a hull or husk. During the process of milling, the hull and various bran layers of kernel are removed, and the rice is polished, giving the resulting seed a bright, white, shiny coating.
White rice is by far the most common of all types, consumed in all countries of the world. White rice is dehulled, has all bran and germ layers removed, and is often enriched, giving it more nutritional value than it holds on its own.
Because the outer coating of brown rice contains added minerals and protein, brown rice is considered to hold greater food value than its white grain counterpart. Brown rice does not get milled, thereby keeping its darker color. Like white rice, brown rice has its husks removed during the cultivation process. Brown rice contains 8-percent protein and is a good source of thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, iron and calcium.
In addition to the foregoing, brown rice has many nutrients that can help virtually every system in the body works effectively. It also helps to prevent and alleviate many health problems such as:
- Reduces obesity
- Eases constipation
- High blood sugar or diabetes
- Itching skin
- Low immunity or allergic asthma
- Improves muscle strength
- Leg cramp
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Fatigue & depression
- Nervous irritability
- Chronic headache
- Anemic pale
- Symptoms of menopause such as fatigue, dizziness, nervousness & hot fl ashes
- Nervous system disorders
- Hair loss or premature graying