By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 6-Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is promoting brown rice consumption to the public.
During the launching of the 2018 National Rice Awareness Month celebration at SM City Iloilo Northpoint Activity Center on Nov 5, 2018, DA Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter said that public awareness of brown rice is slowly increasing.
“Increasing ang awareness, kay damo na gapangita brown rice. With the current situation nga damo na mga health conscious consuming public, gusto man nila magkaon brown rice,” Recoter said.
Recoter added that compared to well-milled rice, brown rice is healthier because of its additional nutrients.
According to Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), is naturally superior to white rice in terms of fiber, protein, good fats, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9, and E, minerals, and antioxidants.
Clinical studies also show that regular consumption of whole-grain cereals, including brown or whole rice, may help reduce the risks of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
While many consumers are confused with the variety of brown rice, PhilRice emphasized that brown rice is actually not a variety but just rough rice (palay) without the outer covering or husk.
When it comes to production, brown rice is environmentally friendly and energy efficient because 50-65% is saved on fuel since the polishing and whitening steps are eliminated.
Brown rice production also puts more value to the produce of the farmers through its heavier weight, thereby boosting their income.
Eating brown rice can also help achieve rice self-sufficiency because of its 10% higher milling recovery.
In terms of supply, Recoter said that the rice processing complex situated in Brgy. Amamaros, Pototan, Iloilo has the capacity to mill brown rice once there are orders.
“There are brown rice produces in the province of Iloilo and we give priority interventions to them,” she added.