Whole­some food ap­proach

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul -

BASED on a 2000 kcal per day diet with fairly dis­trib­uted calo­rie per eat­ing time, it is rec­om­mended to eat one and a half cups of rice with other dishes for lunch and din­ner (source: Nutri­tion Divi­sion, Min­istry of Health Malaysia).

Some peo­ple might say the por­tion of rice is small. How­ever, it is ac­tu­ally pos­si­ble to eat one and a half cups of rice per meal and feel sat­is­fied for a sub­stan­tially long pe­riod.

Rich in an­tiox­i­dants

Primera Rice is an an­tiox­i­dant-rich, low gly­caemic in­dex (GI) red rice that pro­vides sat­is­fac­tion af­ter eat­ing a healthy por­tion.

Primera Rice (also known as rice va­ri­ety UKM-RC-9 or G33) is in­no­vated from a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Na­tional Univer­sity of Malaysia (UKM) and the Malaysian Agri­cul­tural Re­search and Devel­op­ment In­sti­tute (Mardi).

The rice is man­u­fac­tured by No­mat­ech Sdn Bhd and dis­trib­uted by Serba Wangi Sdn Bhd. UKM re­searcher and No­mat­ech Sdn Bhd manag­ing di­rec­tor Prof Dr Wick­neswari Rat­nam is the in­ven­tor of Primera Rice.

At a GI value of 46, Primera Rice is clas­si­fied as low GI food. For any food to be low GI, its GI value must be lower than 55.

LowGI­food­iss­lowand­stableto digest and re­leases en­ergy. This is why you will feel sa­ti­ated and not get hun­gry again too fast af­ter eat­ing Primera Rice.

Un­like high GI food which quickly in­creases blood sugar, low GI food takes time to raise the sugar level in the blood and clear off.

Primera Rice is suit­able for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing peo­ple di­ag­nosed with both pre-di­a­betes and di­a­betes.

An­tiox­i­dants are com­pounds that fight against free rad­i­cals in the body. Primera Rice nat­u­rally sup­plies an­tho­cyanin, a type of an­tiox­i­dant that low­ers the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

An­tho­cyanin can also de­crease the for­ma­tion of blocks in the heart ves­sels.

A cup of Primera Rice that is plainly boiled in one and a half to two cups of wa­ter pro­duces nutty-flavoured red rice that goes well with side dishes such as ren­dang, soup, curry and stir-fried veg­eta­bles. It can also be cooked as pi­laf, fried rice and salad. Recipes and ed­u­ca­tional ar­ti­cles on Primera Rice are avail­able at no­mat­ech.com. my.

The por­ta­ble, 1kg vac­uum-packed rice makes a prac­ti­cal gift for health-con­scious fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Serba Wangi Sdn Bhd is the sole dis­trib­u­tor of Primera Rice in Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore.

For reg­u­lar up­dates, fol­low the Primera Rice Face­book page and In­sta­gram @primer­arice.

For ver­bal en­quiries, call the toll-free line 1800-88-RICE (1800 887 423).

The vac­uum-packed 1kg rice makes a prac­ti­cal gift for health-con­scious fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Chick­pea salad is just one of the many ways to en­joy Primera Rice.

Prof Dr Wick­neswari, the in­ven­tor of Primera Rice.

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