With consumers getting more educated on food nowadays, there has been increasing demand for healthier and natural products. Singapore being an Asian country, rice is a huge staple food, and one way to make our meals healthier is to swap out white rice with brown rice, which are unrefined and unpolished. Retaining its nutrient-dense bran and germ layer allows us access to all the health benefits of natural rice - rich in selenium, high in manganese, rich in antioxidants, and high in fiber. It also helps to stabilise blood sugar, and is low GI, which means you stay full for longer.
The several different choices of brown rice can confuse the buyer - which one is better, which one is worth its price? If you've been to the rice aisle at supermarkets recently, you've probably noticed Naturel Organic Brown Rice and Naturel Organic Mixed Brown and Red Rice on the shelves. Red rice is of additional nutritional value - with similar amounts of fibre as brown rice, but twice the amount of iron and six times the amount of zinc. Both types have been awarded the Healthier Choice symbol, "Higher in Whole Grains" by the Singapore Health Promotion Board. The Mixed Brown and Red Rice won 2 Golden stars from iTQi Superior Taste Awards - a world leading organisation based in Brussels, dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink products.
The Naturel 100% Organic Hom Mali rice is grown and harvested in nutrient-rich soils in Sisaket, Thailand, and is produced in compliance with the ACT-IFOAM organic standards. Naturel Brown Rice is available in 750g and 2kg packs, while Naturel Mixed Brown and Red Rice is available in 2kg packs - they are both available at major supermarkets and hypermarkets.
Here are two Japanese-inspired recipes we made in collaboration with Naturel, with their brown and red rice:
1st video: Gomoku Takikomi Gohan (Five-Ingredients Rice)