Rice is a staple food all over the world! It's generally eaten as a side dish in the United States, but in other places in the world, forms the basis of most meals! Whole rice is low in calories and fat, sodium-free, high in complex (good) carbohydrates, various vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It is lower in protein than some other grains, but still has high levels of the amino acid lysine. And if you opt for brown rice, you'll get almost five times the fiber than white rice!