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RiCo Corn Rice, a rice-lover’s dream come true?

We all know about carbs being the bane of every dieter’s existence. Here in the Philippines, that carb is rice– a staple that in many cases you will find on the dining table from breakfast to dinner. Some people even eat it for merienda or snack-time. Filipinos can’t help it. It’s programmed into them. And I say “them” because it has been years since I cut out rice from my regular meals.

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I used to eat a lot of rice but now the only times I do is when I eat sushi or Japanese rolls, or bibimbap and stuff like that. Special occasions. Maybe I’m a strange one but I know for a fact that about 90% of the people I’m acquainted with think I’m crazy for abandoning rice. It’s just too much a part of the Filipino lifestyle! But most of them also have a rice-overdosing problem that leads to weight gain, and with the shifting of the tides towards the recognition of living a healthier lifestyle, they are constantly on the lookout for healthier alternatives that will satisfy them the same way rice does.

Frankly speaking, I think they may no longer need to look further.

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RiCo Corn Rice has been on my radar a while, but like I said, since I don’t eat rice on a regular basis it’s not a priority must-try for me. I was however curious because of the corn aspect of it. I love corn a lot, my friends. I wondered whether this corn rice was going to actually taste like corn and give the same nutritional values as corn. Being one of the lucky people to receive this package from La Filipina Uy Gongco Corp, makers of the RiCo Corn Rice, I was about to get my answer.

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RiCo Corn Rice is made from 100% Philippine-grown corn. And as most of you know corn has low glycemic index which is ideal for diabetics and dieters alike because it helps slow down and stabilise absorption of blood sugar in the body. Corn is naturally rich in beta-carotene too, which helps prevent certain types of cancer. Then there’s lutein for the eyesight; fiber to help better digestive disorders, keep you feel full longer, and lower blood cholesterol levels… Basically, RiCo Corn Rice supplies the same filling satisfaction as regular rice with all the health benefits of corn. RiCo has no cholesterol so it is good for the heart as well.

And if all that’s not enough, it might be good for you to know that RiCo is fortified with B-vitamins that boost the immune system; calcium that strengthens bones; and iron that improves blood circulation. That’s an impressive list of health benefits, I have to say.

All the stuff I mentioned above are written on the packaging alongside the cooking instructions to make things easier. You don’t need to wash the grains like you would typical rice and just need to dump it straight into the water. All you need is to BPS – Boil, Pour, and Simmer! Pretty convenient, I must say.

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On its own it does not really have any flavor, which is to say, it tastes like regular old white rice. However that color is extremely attractive, and maybe I’m just saying it because it’s my favorite color but it is a lovely yellow. The rice is nice and puffy after being cooked. Now I don’t know about all the other claims but I must admit I thought it was more filling than regular rice. It didn’t take a lot to render me full. In fact, I stayed full until 7PM, which is unheard of for me since I typically get hungry around 4 and tend to gravitate towards a snack.

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Now I know what you’re thinking: I probably stayed full because I’m not used to eating heavy stuff like rice. That’s what I was thinking too actually, until I shared my observation with the rest of my rice-eating family. That’s when they realized that they too indeed stayed full until dinner-time, which again is not the normal scenario for a house full of food-loving still-growing boys. My brothers would normally get a hankering for some afternoon snacks by 3 or 3:30, yet on the days we ate RiCo Corn Rice they managed to stay full up until the evening. That’s something!

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I think this is a pretty brilliant solution for those who want to eat less rice without giving it up completely. Right now RiCo Corn Rice comes in 3 sizes: 1 Kg is Php 70 (SRP), 2 Kg is Php 125 (SRP), and 5 Kg is Php 300 (SRP).

Here are a couple of recipe suggestions for you, but you can cook RiCo Corn Rice in any way you would regular rice. In the photo up at the top we mixed the RiCo Corn Rice with some crabmeat and onions and garlic to create a crab fried rice type of dish, then ate it with ulam. Try it out and tell me what you think! 🙂

Full disclosure: I received a free pack of RiCo Corn Rice for trial purposes, but all opinions stated above are my own.

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