The Benefits of Rice Are Not Solely Dietary Ones The benefits of rice in a healthy diet are well documented. Rice is low in fat and calories but high in fiber and other nutrients. However, the benefits of rice are not restricted to dietary gains alone. Benefits for Asian Farmers Rice can be grown in even the poorest of soil conditions. By selling the rice that they grow, farmers in poor countries earn just enough income for survival. The water that accumulates around the rice plants can be used to irrigate other crops. Frogs and some insects prey upon insects that are harmful to crops. The raised "rice patties" offer protection to these frogs and insects from larger predators like snakes. Benefits for Consumers Rice is a versatile food that can be a meal on its own or combined with other foods to add bulk, nutrition and flavor to meals. Rice is a low-cost way to feed an entire family. Rice does not require expensive, complicated cookware. It is quick and easy to prepare. Benefits for the Economy The taxes levied on countries exporting goods to the United States, adds billions of dollars to our economy every year. vThe revenues gained from the annual purchases of rice by American customers also bolster our economy. Allowing the import of rice from poorer countries helps build strong ties between the United States and these developing nations.
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