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April 2003 Issue

When Reaching for Rice, Make It Whole Grain

For many Americans, the phrase "amber waves of grain" conjures up visions of swaying wheat or corn— traditional American symbols. But as America’s tastes and demographics change, rice is rising in the ranks of popularity, be it as red beans and rice, paella, risotto, curried rice or fried rice. Is this a nutritional step forward? Perhaps not, as the rice of choice for most Americans is plain white rice, a refined food like

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