This week, the focus of Friday Food Talk is Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice. As an Indian who grew up on rice as a staple in my meals, I love trying the different varieties and more nutrient-dense forms of the crop. When I first had a Wild Rice Pilaf at a restaurant in Kentucky, I knew I wanted to try to make some myself.
This herb-filled and seasoned rice mix seemed like a relatively healthy whole grain option for a convenient quick side dish, but when plugged into the FoodCoach, it revealed that it has a good amount of sodium. While this product is delicious, it is a Red Dot food, and shouldn’t be eaten in a large amount.
Besides sodium, this product contains healthy qualities per serving:
- Moderate amounts of calories
- Great source of iron (thanks to the wild rice)
- A healthy balance of carbohydrates, fat, sugar and protein and dietary fiber
- No artificial flavor or color noted
Dietitian Nutritionist Recommendations:
High sodium intake in the American diet remains a public health concern per the scientific report of the 2020 dietary guidelines advisory committee. High sodium intake is associated with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. You can still incorporate this food product into your diet by cutting down on seasoning provided with the packet and/or pairing your meal with other low sodium food items.
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This article was written by: Afsheen Syeda, MSc, MS-NFS Certified Nutritionist
Reviewed and edited by: Shraddha Chaubey, MS, RDN, CD