Brown Rice vs. White Rice

Rice is the most consumed grain in the world.  In North America we use it as an occasional side dish but in parts of the world rice is consumed at every meal.

Rice contains many benefits to the human body such as B vitamins, thiamin, niacin, iron, phosphorus and magnesium and protein.  The protein is not necessarily in high amounts but the type of protein is of value because of the high levels of the amino acid lysine.

There are different forms of rice.  If you look in your supermarket you will see white rice, long grain, short grain, brown rice, jasmine, basmati, red, wild etc.  Unfortunately the most used form is not the most nutritious form.  That would be white rice I refer to.  Most people are eating white rice thinking it is good for them when in fact, it is the most milled and nutrient stripped version of the grain.   In the milling process the grain is stripped of its bran which is the best part.   This bran is cholesterol lowering and adds fiber to the diet.  White rice is devoid of these qualities.

If you are going to include rice in your nutrition plan, may I suggest that you learn to enjoy the chewier, nuttier flavours that come with eating brown rice.  You will benefit from all of the health promoting qualities of this type of rice such as more fiber, folacin, iron, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and minerals such as copper and manganese.  Brown rice also contains vitamin E.

The increase in fiber in brown unprocessed rice is a big plus for the intestinal tract.    We all now that increased fiber is health promoting in many ways.  It helps to speed up transit of toxins out of the body.  Brown rice also carries beneficial probiotic bacteria (the friendly bacteria) to the intestines too.  This is all good.

If you care about what you put into your body and are striving for good health through nutrition then brown rice would be a definate food to add to your arsenal.  It is very tasty, very versatile and it gives you great peace of mind knowing that you are doing good for your health choosing unprocessed whole grains to nourish your temple.

Stay away from any food that has been processed, polished and stripped of it’s wholeness.  Choose brown over white when it comes to rice.  Leave things as Mother Nature intended them to be.

 

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