When my rice stocks were dwindling, I went to my local Lemon Farm to stock up. I was surprised by the array of rices, and asked the cashier to help me find something as close to plain brown rice as possible (knowing I should stay away from the delicious-but-nutrient-deficient Thai Jasmine stuff). She pointed me to the ‘GABA’ organic rice, for 100thb a bag.


Available in most shops, except 7 Eleven

I have bought red rice before, but never really considered the health benefits. In a quest to ensure I am consuming enough nutrients and protein, I did a little research.  This is a brief summary of what I found:

GABA brown rice contains nutrients, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and is more aromatic due to the rice grain being coated with the aroma of the husk. Consequently, GABA brown rice offers more nutritional value than any other rice grains. It will keep you healthy and helps maintain body balance, strengthens the immune system, protects against infectious diseases. Furthermore it contributes to the prevention of metabolic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, premature aging syndromes, kidney failure, neurological conditions, cerebrovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancers.

There are many benefits to switching from normal white rice to GABA rice. The selling point for me is the wealth of B vitamins, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Not to mention that it is filling and perfect for my school lunches. For more information, check out the Thailand Canada Chamber of Commerce post here.


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