White rice is a very shelf-staple food product that can last in the pantry for up to 5 years. You can buy it almost everywhere in the United States, even convenience stores and Dollar Tree stores. It is cheap. It is delicious. It is also nutritious and filling.
Rice Porridge as a Famine Food
Rice is a staple food in many parts of the world. That means it can be eaten on a regular basis taking the bulk of the daily caloric intake. However, when a society goes through a famine and there is little rice to go around, the remaining rice may be boiled in water to create rice porridge. Rice porridge has a greater water-to-rice ratio than just plain steamed rice in a rice bowl. Rice porridge can be very filling, because it is mostly water.
Rice Porridge as a Weight-Loss Food
Now, because rice porridge can be so low-calorie, it can be a great weight-loss food. Just add some pickled or salted vegetables to the watery rice porridge, and bingo, you have a complete meal!
Rice porridge can also be given to sick individuals with poor digestion and children, because it doesn't require much chewing or digesting.