Rice has been a staple food source for many people all over the world for centuries. It’s a great accompaniment for all kinds of foods and helps to provide a nutritious, wholesome meal. With many different varieties of rice, however, it can be hard to know which one is the healthiest and how many calories you’re eating.

With the popularity of low-carb diets, it is often suggested that rice doesn't belong as part of a healthy diet, but this isn’t the case. Although it is true that some forms of rice, such as white rice and basmati, can contain higher levels of carbohydrates and calories, there are plenty of other grains that are perfectly healthy and can form a central part of your diet. Rice can actually be an important part of your diet if you are into fitness, with several nutrients that are particularly beneficial.

In actual fact, rice forms part of many low-calorie meals due to its low-fat content. Varieties of rice such as brown rice and wild rice can form part of a healthy diet. It is also important to remember that you should have a balanced diet. Rice offers a healthy source of many nutrients and helps you to maintain healthy eating habits. Rice is a great source of vitamins and minerals that are essential for maintaining the body's immune system, including Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Vitamins thiamine and niacin, fibre and iron.

Rice Types and their Calories*

Basmati (Raw)                   344kcal / 1461kj

Long Grain (Raw)             353kcal / 1499kj

Basmati (Heat & Eat)          117kcal / 495kj

Long Grain (H&E)                 120kcal/507kj

Wholegrain Rice (H&E)     173kcal / 730kj

*based on Veetee rice products per 100g

If you are looking for a way to cut the calories down in your diet, then we would recommend choosing from our Heat & Eat rice range. Not only do these products contain fewer calories than uncooked rice, but they also easy to use. Ready in just 2 minutes, Heat & Eat products are microwaveable and comes in a variety of flavours. This makes cooking that bit easier and takes the hassle out of the process, but doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste or texture, as our Heat & Eat prdoucts are full of flavour.