Rice is a staple for many people around the world, and it is easy to see why. It is a great accompaniment to so many foods. Whether you eat it with Indian, Chinese or Mexican, it is pretty safe to say it is a main ingredient in your diet. However, most people eat white rice, which is far inferior to its healthy sibling – brown rice.
If you have a gluten intolerance, then you will already be well aware of the benefits of brown rice, seeing as you can get brown rice pasta and brown rice bread – both saviours for people with Celiac disease.
Brown rice has much more nutritional value than white rice. Eating white rice increases your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, where as brown rice reduced the risk. Brown rice has more B1, B3 and B6 vitamins, more phosphorus, manganese, iron, fibre and essential fatty acids. You will often see on packets of white rice that it has added B vitamins and iron – that’s because they have been removed during the milling process. The oil in whole brown rice also lowers cholesterol.
Brown rice does have a few more calories in it, but it is full of nutrients which are much more important.
Not sure what to do with brown rice? Try this risotto recipe!