Here’s Why You Should Add Wild Rice to Your Diet Today

Imagine if you could add an easy ingredient to your home-cooked recipes that is nutritious, gluten-free, boosts your alkalinity and is rich in antioxidants. You would probably assume that it must be something either evil tasting or massively expensive - wrong and wrong. Our magical ingredient also happens to taste delicious, and is an inexpensive item that is widely available in most local stores. Welcome to the wonderful world of wild rice, and if you have never tried it before you are in for a treat. To get one thing straight, wild rice is not really rice at all, it is actually an aquatic grass, although it looks like rice and is cooked in much the same way. It also has a richer, nuttier flavor than rice - in fact some people think it tastes a little bit like black tea.

Wild rice is a perfect accompaniment to any meal as a tasty and gluten-free alternative to white or brown rice, pasta or potatoes. For vegetarians, it can form the basis of a delicious salad, that is ideal for picnics or the lunchbox, or how about an amazing wild rice and mushroom dish? Yet, as well as a great taste and a price that meets any family budget, wild rice is also good for you.

Rich in vitamins and minerals

Wild rice contains vitamins A, B6, C and E, all of which are essential for your overall health and immune system.  It is also an excellent source of those essential minerals that are important for all of us, but especially children and expectant mothers, including folate, manganese and calcium. It is dense in protein, containing twice as much as brown rice, making it a great source of nutrition for those on a gluten-free or grain-free diet.

Helps digestion

Our superfood is a wonderful source of fiber and magnesium, both of which are great for those with digestion problems. We all know the role fiber plays, but magnesium’s job is more subtle.  As one of the most abundant minerals in the human body, it is important in many ways, but a key point is its contribution to a healthy nervous system, which is intrinsically linked to the digestive function.  

Keeps you young and healthy

In case you are still not convinced, how about the fact that wild rice will keep you looking younger for longer? This is because it is so rich in antioxidants - in fact it contains around 30 times more than normal white rice. Antioxidants are critical in maintaining a healthy heart, weight and skin, will boost your immune system and protect you from the effects of ageing.

Try some today

The evidence is clear - wild rice is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, yet is inexpensive and tastes amazing. Get out there and try some now!