White Rice Vs. Brown Rice
Rice is one of those foods like pasta or noodles that goes with anything. Sometimes when we are feeling lazy we even make rice a meal in itself. There is nothing more delicious than a well prepared rice with chicken, with vegetables and even cooked prawns. Yum!
But then we ask ourselves the question, which rice to cook with? There are now so many brands of rice on the supermarket shelves. Then there are all the fair trade and gourmet rice packets. It can get very confusing!
The most important thing when selecting the rice for your meal is its nutrients. You want to pick the most natural rice as far as possible without spending all your daily wage on organic nutrients!
So having agreed that rice is delicious, a daily staple and need not cost the earth, lets see why brown rice is so much healthier for you than white rice.
Why Brown Rice Is Better Than White Rice?
Brown rice is natural, is unprocessed unlike white rice. Brown rice still contains the more natural, easier to digest hull and bran. This has been taken out of the white rice which essentially was brown rice before it went through the refining process.
Brown rice still contains selenium which is an essential human mineral. It is not needed in high levels but is useful for preventing cancer and protects against cardiovascular disease. It protects us after a vaccine plus it assists in cell repair and protects us from heavy metals, increasingly present in urban environments.
#3. Digestion & Weight Loss
Due to the natural form of the brown rice, it is readily digestible more so than white rice. Thus, it efficiently eliminates toxic waste and keeps bowel moving regular, thus resulting in weight maintenance or weight loss.
Brown rice is low in G.I. (Glycemic Index). That means it releases sugar slowly into the blood stream over time. This is perfect for diabetes 1 and 2 patients. For people wanting to stay healthy, eating a small portion of brown rice daily reduces the incidence of diabetes by 60%!
Manganese is another trace element and is essential for a healthy nervous system and reproductive systems. Obviously both of these functions are required for a normal healthy adult.
So there you have it, while many of us think of white rice in restaurants as seemingly unadulterated and pure, it is nowhere near as good as the brown rice with its natural goodness!
Types Of Rice
On the discussion of rice it is always best to buy the supermarket natural rice instead of pre-packaged rice meals or rice. These ready-to-eat meals often have a lot of additional ingredients, sugar and salt none of which occur in natural brown rice.
When it comes to types of rice within the brown rice category many health experts believe that brown basmati rice is extremely healthy due to its very high fibre content. Likewise the rice that the North American Indians once ate, nutty in flavour and very high in fiber is also very healthy for you.
Black rice, not technically brown is also very good for you due to the natural state of the rice with the hull and bran intact.
Another well-known Asian rice, Saffron rice, yellow in colour is also very nutritious. The rice comes from a herb that is from the lavender coloured flower originally from Southern Europe. Saffron interestingly has all the benefits of brown rice.
It has a strong anti-oxidant, protector from macular degeneration in the elderly and anti-depressant properties but it has additional benefits. Studies have shown that saffron has additional properties such as anti-septic, anti-inflammatory and provides overall wellbeing.
So as you can see not only do you need to think about whether you buy brown or white rice, you also need to decide which type of rice within that category matches your health motivations.
Whatever the case, the strong nutritional value of rice helps explain how many people globally live on a bowl of rice a day. It might at times seem bland and boring but it is one of the healthiest meals you could eat!