A reader asked, “Is white rice good or bad for you? I rarely touch the stuff, but my Ecuadorian friends keep telling me it’s good for you.” Yes, Ecuadorians do eat a lot of white rice, compared to North Americans. However, Ecuador’s consumption pales in comparison to Asia. Rice is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world’s human population, especially in Asia. On average, Asians consume about 100 kg per capita annually (about 220 lbs) each year — per person! That’s about 3.5 cups of cooked rice daily. In the United States, the average…
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