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Is Wild Rice more nutritious than this popular food?

Ben Belty

Have you considered some meat may not be as nutritious as we are told? Meat is not an unnecessary food by any means but could there perhaps be foods that when it comes to nutritional comparison give meat a run for it's money? You may be surprised to know and even more excited if your a vegetarian to know this...

Wild Rice is as nutritious or more than Grass Fed Beef gram for gram.

Here is a chart courtesy of the Delta Institute illustrating the breakdown of the most important nutrients in Wild Rice and Grass fed beef.

Courtesy of Delta Institute of Natural history. 

This is exciting news because it illustrates how important and vital adding wild plant foods to our diets really is. Many associate grains and other plant foods with being unhealthy and when it come to things like all purpose flour, white rice or other polished grains that is very true. Wild Rice however is advanced when it compares to other foods wether they be plant or animal foods. Wild Rice is not just a gourmet side dish it is a staple food with MASSIVE nutritional benefits far beyond its micro and macro nutrients. 

Not only does Wild Rice help fulfill many RDA requirements for vitamins and minerals it is 14% protein and contains a balanced amino acid profile complimentary to many meat products which further moves it into the category of a wholesome staple food option.

Animal foods such as grass fed beef certainly posess benefits beyond those listed here such as fat soluble vitamins but what we are illustrating is the overall vitamin content of Wild Rice compared to a popular food. Given the quote below grass fed beef and Wild Rice could make for a very wholesome combination for the modern health conscious consumer. 

Wild Rice is the most nutritive single food which the Indians of North America consume. The Indian diet of this grain, combined with maple sugar, and with bison, deer, and other meats, was probably richer than that of average American family of today.
— Albert E. Jenkins, 1900. From "Wild Rice and the Ojibway people" by Thomas Vennum Jr.

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