“Super rice” will help Chinese women

Scientists at Ghent University have discovered that a special type of rice can have beneficial health effects. Pregnant women especially benefit from eating the rice. The discovery could have big consequences for the health of millions of women in China, where rice forms an important part of the staple diet.

Chinese women eat a lot of rice.

Consequently they often go short on essential vitamins such as folic acid.

This can lead to birth defects such as spina bifida.

An estimated 20% of Chinese woman suffer from folic acid deficiency.

According to the scientists, the new rice will prolong life expectancy and reduce the incidence of some birth defects by as much as 60%