In our country, no meal is complete without the rice. In Italy it’s like having spaghetti without the pasta, or pizza without the dough. Rice is a must in every household and it’s sad that we were once the world’s largest exporter, now the world’s largest importer. We’re still lucky that we aren’t in this situation…
Corruption, climate change, and land development are the key reasons why our supply of rice is decreasing. What’s next to rice, corn of course! Our supply of corn remains stable, because it requires less water to produce. In fact, Visayas and Mindanao, people are already using corn as a substitute for rice because it is more accessible to them and the supply is more than adequate.
Corn is dried at the side of the roads, then sold for public for consumption. However, this practice makes corn to fungus that can hamper growth in children and cause liver dysfunction. Foreseeing the need for a substitute for rice, La Filipina Uy Gongco Corporation introduced RiCo Corn Rice.
They provided state-of-the-art corn-drying facilities to help farmers in the nearby areas to dry the corn safely. These facilities not only makes the corn safer to eat, it also helps in stabilizing the supply and, consequently, the price of rice corn. The corn is milled and shaped rice-like to add appeal to a rice eating nation. So how do you cook it?
You don’t have to worry about what type of rice to buy, it will all be on how you cook it. If you want it loose and fluffy(buhaghag, which how I want it), just cook it like pasta; boil the water, put in Rico, and then, drain.
During the event I’ve learned a couple of things about the health benefits of corn.
- Each grain is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A, as well as beta-carotene, and lutien for good eyesight.
- As a complex carbohydrate, corn provides sustained energy.
- It’s high in fiber
- It has no cholesterol and has lower glycemic index for controlled and balanced blood sugar.
Chef Jessie of Chef Jessie Rockwell Club mentioned that she supports RiCo Corn Rice because it’s a healthy alternative to rice. Chef Jessie didn’t have a hard time preparing dishes out of RiCo Corn Rice, it was all amazingly good.
RiCo Corn Rice is proudly 100% Philippine-grown and it is fortified with iron and calcium, which is why it does not need washing before you cook it.
What I love about RiCo Corn Rice is that it is a healthy alternative to rice and without sacrificing the taste. It easier to cook than our native, brown, red, or other rice variants. It helps the farmers with an alternative product that can withstand our ever changing climate. For more information and recipes visit www.yummyhealthy.ph
It is available in 1kg, 2kg, and 5kg packs at SM Supermarket, SM HyperMarket, Rustan’s Supermarket, Walter Mart Supermarket, Robinson’s Supermarket, Ever Supermarket, The Landmark Supermarket, Sta. Lucia East Supermarket, Pioneer Center Supermart, Hi-Top Supermart, Cherry Fooderama, South Supermarket, NCC Supermarket, Gaisano Mall, and all other leading supermarkets nationwide.