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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a serve of rice?

One 70g serve of uncooked medium white rice (1/3 metric cup uncooked rice) makes around 175 g of cooked rice.
Brown rice takes longer to cook and results in less cooked rice because each grain is surrounded with a layer of bran. This layer contains many nutrients, however it slows down the absorption of moisture during the cooking process. A 70g serve of uncooked medium brown rice (1/3 metric cup of uncooked rice) makes around 150g of cooked rice.

Is rice gluten free?

Plain rice is naturally gluten free, whether it be white or brown; short, medium or long grain, uncooked grains or our steamed cups and pouches. Rice can be used in numerous ways to create gluten free savoury meals, scrumptious desserts and tasty snacks.

How many carbs are there in rice?

More than 80% of the energy (kilojoules/calories) that rice supplies comes from carbohydrate. Carbohydrate powers the body and helps to keep us moving. It is stored in our muscles and liver and released when we need it.
Carbohydrates are detailed in the Nutrition Information Panel on pack.

Is there protein in rice?

Brown rice provides a source of protein in your diet. One 70g serve (1/3 metric cup) of uncooked medium brown rice which makes around 150 g of cooked rice, contains 5.9 g of protein, which is 12% of an average adult daily protein intake. (Based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ).

How much fibre is there in rice?

Dietary fibre plays an important part in keeping our digestive tracts in good working order.
Eating brown rice is a tasty and easy way to increase the fibre content in your diet. One 70g serve (1/3 metric cup uncooked rice) of uncooked medium brown rice which makes around 150 g of cooked rice, contains 2.3 g of dietary fibre, which is 8% of an average adult daily fibre intake. (Based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ).

What are wholegrains?

Brown rice is a wholegrain food, as are mixed-grain breads, wholegrain breakfast cereals and rolled oats.
Wholegrain varieties of grain-based foods are particularly nutritious as they contain all the goodness of the grain, including the bran, germ and endosperm. The bran (fibre rich outer layer) and germ (nutrient rich core) contain many beneficial components like fibre and vitamins and minerals.
Due to the variety of nutrients in different portions of the grain, consuming wholegrain foods as part of a healthy balanced diet can have a positive effect on your health.
For more details on wholegrains and their nutrition and health benefits please visit the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council website at

What is the Glycaemic Index (GI) of rice?

Carbohydrate is an essential part of our diets, but not all carbohydrate foods are equal. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods according to how they affect blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates with a Low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised and cause a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore usually, insulin levels.
SunRice Low GI Rice is a variety of long grain rice exclusively grown in Australia. It combines everything you know about rice with the bonus of being a naturally Low GI food to provide sustained energy release and help you feel fuller for longer. All SunRice Low GI Rice has been endorsed by the GI Foundation as Low GI.
For further details on a GI refer

My rice has an odour - is it OK?

Rice has a natural odour that is characteristic of the rice grain. Some people describe this as a nutty, natural aroma. Over time the volatile aroma ingredients dissipate as the product ages. Some highly sensitive people can determine the age of the rice by the aroma.
SunRice guarantees its rice and rice products fresh to the Best Before date stamped on pack. SunRice recommends rice is best stored in a cool dry place out of sunlight, ideally in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This slows the rice bran layer oxidizing which can lead to rancidity.

Do SunRice use GM ingredients?

In 2005, SunRice implemented a policy clearly stating that SunRice is committed to an Australian
rice industry that will remain non genetically modified (Non-GMO).

To the maximum extent possible within SunRice’s control, we endeavour to ensure that all rice varieties grown in the NSW and Queensland rice growing regions are Non-GMO through the following controls:
• SunRice operates under the policy that the Australian rice industry is and will remain Non-GMO;
• Rice breeding is conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries using classical
plant breeding methods;
• SunRice is the primary issuer of rice seed in NSW as it administers a pure seed scheme and will not permit the release of genetic engineered rice into the pure seed scheme;
• The majority of, if not all, commercial rice production is sourced from the SunRice pure seed scheme. Under the scheme, no production is permitted to be retained on sources; farm or from other
• The NSW rice industry is located inside a Rice Quarantine zone that prohibits the entry of rice from other regions without meeting very specific conditions. No GMO rice has been discovered in this quarantine area.
• Annual and independent sample analysis verifies the above controls have been effective.
• Testing of the most recent crop verified that all rice tested was GMO free within the limit of detection (this is the highest level testing available within Australia).
In relation to other SunRice branded products, SunRice endeavours to select food ingredient suppliers that can provide assurances that the products supplied are Non-GMO.

Do SunRice products contain arsenic and are they safe to eat?

Arsenic is a chemical element naturally present in rocks, soil, water and air. Arsenic may also be found in the environment as contamination resulting from human activity.
All SunRice rice, including brown and organic rice varieties, as well as those used as an ingredient in pre-prepared meals, adhere to the strictest quality standards and comply in full with the required limits for arsenic specified in all Australian food industry regulations, including the Australian and New Zealand Food Standards Code.

As an Australian food company with a heritage spanning over 60 years and a proud track record in delivering nutritious and healthy products, our number one priority is meeting the highest standards in safety and quality. We work closely with relevant Australian and international regulatory bodies in relation to food safety and quality, including Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and the global authority on international food standards, the Codex Committee (established by the World Health Organisation and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation).

Regular and extensive independent testing shows Australian rice to be well within all relevant Australian and international health and safety standards, including those for arsenic. According to data published by the Codex Committee, testing shows Australian rice often has lower levels of inorganic arsenic than all other member countries that provide data.
To find out more, please visit the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website

Other queries or questions?

Our Consumer Relations Team can be contacted via
1800 255 999 in Australia
0800 114 760 in New Zealand
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm AEST

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