Brown rice refers to the whole grain with just the first outer layer (husk or hull) removed through milling. This means that brown rice retains its fibre, vitamins, magnesium and minerals which contain vital nutrients. On the other hand, white rice is what you get when the bran, fibre and nutrient content is stripped from brown rice during the refining process. Nowadays, white rice is ‘enriched’ to restore the nutrients that were stripped previously, through synthetic means.
Besides this, here are six reasons why you should opt for brown rice over white rice.
– Brown rice has a higher Selenium content when compared to white rice. Selenium is known to lower the risk of developing diseases like heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
– Manganese helps the human body create important fatty acids that make healthy forms of cholesterol. It is also beneficial to the health of our nervous and reproductive systems. One cup of brown rice can contribute to up to 80% of your daily Manganese requirements.
– Brown rice like blueberries is a rich source of anti-oxidants.
– The high fibre content of brown rice means that it improves digestion and helps prevent colon cancer. Additionally, it can also make you feel full quickly so can be particularly useful for those looking to loose weight.
– Naturally occurring oils found in brown rice can reduce LDL forms of cholesterol and help restore cholesterol levels to normal.
– Unlike white rice, brown rice is a slow release sugar. This means that brown rice releases sugar slowly and helps maintain your blood sugar at a stable level. Studies have indicated a link between white rice and the risk of type 2 diabetes so brown rice is often recommended for diabetes patients.
All in all, brown rice is not only a delicious but also very healthy element in our diets.