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If you've steered away from enjoying rice side dishes or serving a rice dish as a main meal because of the "carbs are bad" craze, it's time to get back on track with the facts. As starches of any kind have become vilified in recent years, you've probably heard the rants that rice is "an empty carb." Is there a grain of truth in these ideas?
Our bodies rely on carbohydrates as a main source of fuel. It's what keeps us energized and satisfied throughout the day. According to verywellfit.com, not only is rice a rich source of this much-needed energy, but it's also a natural anti-inflammatory and a good source of magnesium, phosphorous and iron. For vegans and athletes, rice sides are a good way to get extra protein into their diet. One cup of enriched white rice contains almost five grams of protein. And because it's gluten-free, rice is a great option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.