The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the Nueva Ecija Medical Society (NEMS) have partnered in the promotion of the nutritional and health benefits of brown rice.
Hazel Antonio, National Year of Rice (NYR 2013) campaign director, said the partnership of PhilRice with NEMS is significant step to help promote responsible rice consumption, including increasing Filipino’s uptake of brown rice.
Aside from helping reduce diabetes, Antonio said the increased brown rice consumption benefits the country’s rice industry because of its higher milling recovery.
On promoting brown rice, Dr. Edgar Mendoza, president of NEMS, said the partnership between NEMS and PhilRice is one of the organization’s largest pro-patient moves that will enhance the awareness of the masses on prevention of major diseases.
“The promotion of brown rice in line with NYR 2013 is a good avenue for wise food choices not only for diabetic patients but also for the common masses,” Mendoza said.
Based on studies, frequent consumption of brown rice may reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart disease and stroke.
Cancer and diabetes may also be diminished by eating brown rice.
As partner, the NYR 2013 team have distributed brown rice, brown rice recipes, and NYR collaterals during the recent celebration of the diabetes awareness week campaign in this city. PNA