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Brown rice or unpolished rice products can be made as alternative to white rice in making the usual malagkit (glutinous rice) products.

Dr. Lutgarda Palomar, a nutritionist and dietician, former professor of Food Science and Technology at the Visayas State University and an “Outstanding Filipino Women Scientist” awardee, said that if brown rice is used in place of white rice, production cost will be lesser.

“It will help malagkit entrepreneurs to have higher net income without affecting the product’s quality,” she explained.

She said that brown rice is more nutritious due to its fibrous concentration, which facilitates healthy bowel movement and promotes weight-loss, and that it improves metabolism.

A cup of brown rice also fulfills about 80 percent of the daily requirement of manganese in the body. Manganese helps in the formation of healthy cholesterol.

Palomar showcased several of her malagkit products out of brown rice during the CelebRICE, a part of the series of culminating activities of the National Year of Rice held at the Trinoma Activity Center. She cooked espasol, bibingka, palitaw, and moron, a Leyte-delicacy and a smoother kind of suman, out of brown rice.

“These days, consumers are more health conscious so they will opt to buy brown rice products,” Palomar said.

Though these products are not yet out in the market, Palomar assured that they are working on recipe books on these products for Filipinos to be able to make these products in their homes.

On the other hand, Center for Culinary Arts also demonstrated how to cook several recipes of brown rice.

Prominent personalities and bands that are advocate of responsible rice consumption such as Ebe Dancel, former Sugarfree vocalist; Kitchie Nadal; Christine Barchini; 6cyclemind; and Never the Strangers also performed.

Veronica Yao, a student of Colegio de San Lorenzo who attended the event, said that with the activity, she understood more of the nutrient value of brown rice and the advocacy for Filipinos to be responsible rice consumer.

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