Fried rice (vegetable fried rice) is an incredible, delicious meal that basically combines rice, a good number of vegetables and some spices for flavour.
Interestingly enough, fried rice happens to be eaten by majority more during festive periods like Sallah, Christmas and new year.
Although, because the fried rice being sold in most restaurants and eateries is majorly rice stir-fried in little amounts of vegetables, some consider it to be unhealthy.
However, eating this meal the right way, especially homemade vegetable fried rice, can be really beneficial to your body.
First, it’s important to know that fried rice provides the body with nutrient like carbohydrates (for energy), vitamins like Vitamins C, A and B, minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and the likes, fats and a bunch of other nutrients.
Depending on the ingredients used, type of rice and oil, the calorie content per cup of this meal differs.
It is, however, important to cook your fried rice the healthy way by increasing the vegetable contents while reducing that of the rice as well as using healthy cooking oil like olive oil and the likes.
Here are some of the health benefits of this incredible meal.
1. Boosts immunity
Because of the high vegetable contents with a good number of vitamins like Vitamin A nd C which contains antioxidants that can boost immunity.
2. Healthy bones
One of the nutrients contained in this delicious meal as a result of vegetable contents like carrot, green pea, green beans, lettuce, green pepper, onion and the likes. It is calcium which essential for strong and healthy bones.
3. Better vision
Carrots, which are contained in fried rice are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed into the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.
So, eating this meal with adequate quantity of carrots can improve your eye vision.
4. Reduces the risk of heart disease
Green peas, one of the vegetables used in preparing fried rice are a reliable source of omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and Omega-3s can reduce cholesterol level, blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure which in turn reduces a person’s risk of suffering from cardiovascular and heart disease.
Now, that you know a few health benefits of vegetable fried rice, I’m sure you wouldn’t let the holiday go by without eating a plate or two of this delicious meal.