Talugtug, Nueva Ecija – To help improve children’s health, Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) introduced the consumption of unpolished rice during the Brown Rice Day, Nov. 13, as part of the country’s celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM).

NRAM implementers and Dr. Rizza Ramos, PhilRice nutritionist led a feeding activity to Grade 1- 6 students of Talugtug East Central School for the students to appreciate brown rice and encourage them to try the said kind of rice.

“If you have a choice, you should select unpolished rice and colored rice because it provides more nutritional benefits,” Ramos said as the team distributed brown rice champorado and suman snacks.

Brown rice is scientifically known to have more dietary fiber, polyphenols, and antioxidants particularly rice oils. The unpolished rice can also help in achieving the country’s goal of rice self-sufficiency as it has 10% higher milling recovery.

Uses of rice including rice starch, rice bran cooking oil, coffee, and milk were also promoted.

“One of the most nutritious oil is the one from the rice bran,” she said pointing out that the other uses of rice other than being the staple food is not a common knowledge.

The students were also taught of the basic value of rice conservation through responsible consumption.

“In every rice grain that we waste, we must think of all the hungry children in the world,” she said.

 Ramos also encouraged the children to appreciate the efforts of the Filipino rice farmers.

The Brown Rice Day started in 2013 as declared by the Department of Agriculture.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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