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According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, enriched and whole grain products, like enriched white rice and whole grain brown rice, are among the food groups that should form the basis of a healthy diet. Rice, a nutrient-rich complex carbohydrate, fits well in today's recommendations to get the most nutrition from calories consumed and provides the energy the body needs for physical activity.  In fact, the Dietary Reference Intakes Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR) for carbohydrates is 45-65% of total calories.

For nutrition information on all foods, visit:
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24


  1. Journal of the American Dietetic Association - Rice Consumption in the United States: Recent
    Evidence from Food Consumption Surveys

  2. Nutrition Today: Diet Quality and Markers for Human Health in Rice Eaters 
    Versus Non-Rice Eaters

  3. Nicklas,T.A.,et al.(2014) Rice Consumption Is Associated with Better Nutrient Intake and Diet Quality in Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2010. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 5, 525-532.
  4. Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy - White and Brown Rice are Equally Satiating and More Satiating than Glucose Beverage
    University of Minnesota Rice and Satiety Study – June 2012
  5. Rice Eaters Have Healthier Diets – Tufts University Study 2012
  6. Folic Acid Fortification: A Major Public Health Achievement

Below are nutrition pamphlets and fact sheets for more information: