The Energy Source

Carbohydrates are the fuel the body needs for all its functions even when sleeping. Rice is a complex carbohydrate and so supplies a high proportion of our energy needs. 100g cooked rice provides 590kJ energy.The energy gained from eating rice is released slowly to sustain physical activity - which is why athletes eat this type of food.

Did you know?

  • It takes 1260 litres of water to grow 500g rice.
  • On cooking, rice swells to three times its original weight.
  • The Chinese word for rice is the same as their word for food.
  • The Japanese word "gohan" means both rice and complete meal
  • The Indonesian word "rijstaffel" (table rice) refers to a table set with rice and savoury dishes - and now included in Holland's culture.