Eat rice - so eat right. "Whoever offers rice, offers life itself" Buddha said, recognizing the nutritional properties of rice, as recognized and many other ancient cultures. Hippocrates made the ancient Olympians eat rice before and after the event, preparing for their mixture eptasanei, consisting of various cereals, water and honey. This is not far removed from what modern eat athletes preparing for competitions.
The word "rice" is the basis of Indo-Iranian. Modern pronunciation comes from the Greek oryza, which has undergone modifications Latin oriza (riso).
The history of rice
Man grows rice for thousands of years and the grass is rightly called the most popular around the world. His homeland is considered the north of modern Thailand and Vietnam, this is where people first began to cultivate rice. This plant was delicious and gave a bountiful harvest compared with millet and wheat.
Around 2,500 years ago, the father of history, Herodotus wrote about rice, boldly claiming that people in India uses rice in food, as millet. A few centuries later, during the reign of Nero (1900 years ago), the other, already a Roman historian, Dioskuridus, mentioned the figure in its annals, describing it as a multi-purpose product. In particular, he carefully described all sorts of dishes that can be prepared from rice, as well as an important element for women's cosmetics and as a remedy for food poisoning.
If the descendants of the first farmers to cultivate modest rice fields in northern Thailand in 4000 BC, survived to the present day, they would have told the youth of today are highly instructive stories about the ancient empire, who built his fortune solely on the export of rice. By 500 BC the secret weapon of Thais has been disclosed, and began to cultivate rice in India, China, Indonesia and Malaysia.