Written by the Web Team
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, a chain of large shopping malls in the country, had offered shoppers healthy food options featuring a healthier form of rice during the country`s first Brown Rice Day, Nov. 15.
As part of their commitment to support the National Year of Rice, malls around Eastwood City, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Newport Mall at Resorts World Manila, Burgos Circle at Forbes Town Center, and Venice Piazza at Mckinley Hill, served brown rice to increase public awareness on its health benefits.
The Megaworld Lifestyle Malls also hoped that through the activity, diners would appreciate the contribution of brown in achieving the country’s goal to have enough rice.
“With this celebration, we want our guests and mall goers to discover and enjoy healthy rice options,” Trina Coleen Ong of Megaworld Corporation said.
In this event, grilled Chicken Bulgabi Set and Yang Nyum Chicken Set were served with brown rice pairings.
Mall goers also enjoyed Recipe General’s Chicken served with brown rice. Savory served combo meals paired with brown rice while Cibo offered Filleto di Pesce, Lombatine di Maiale, and Pollo Arrosto Limone with brown rice.
A brown rice trade fair and exhibit was also held at the Lucky Chinatown Mall, in Binondo, Manila, where brown rice was sold at lower price. PhilRice and SL Agritech Corporation led the trade fair.
Studies from FNRI-DOST show that eating brown rice or unpolished rice could reduce cardiovascular diseases like hypertension and stroke.
On the other hand, a study showed that if each Filipino would eat brown rice 36 meals a year, rice importation would shrink by an average of 50,000 MT a year.