Brown Rice "A Nutritional Whole Grain"

Tanushree S By Tanushree S, 2nd Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Switching to brown rice is the best option, if you are looking for a nutritional diet.

Now-a-day brown rice has become much popular among the youth just because of its high nutritional value as compared to white rice. In the past brown rice was rarely eaten among the primary group of human population. It was treated as the food for sick or elderly person. As the name suggest this kind of rice is brown in color due to the presence of a covering called the “bran”. Since it is partly milled, only the outer layer or the “hull” is removed. When the rice bran is further milled, it becomes the common white rice. It is chewier and has a nut like flavor.

Although white rice is tastier than the brown one, it is not as nutritional as all the fiber & nutrition get detached along with the hull & bran. White rice is mostly starchy part of the grain while the brown rice is full of vitamins (vitamin B1, vitamin B3), iron, magnesium, small amounts of fatty acids and of course fiber.

Listed below are the characteristics of brown rice:

• The high fiber content helps in good digestion.
• A study conducted by researchers illustrate that people who were more likely to maintain a healthy body weight, included whole grains, such as brown rice, in their diet. Therefore, it is a proven fact that it helps in controlling weight.
• The magnesium content present in brown rice promotes bone health.
• Since it is considered as a whole grain it helps to lower the risk of Type II diabetes
• It contains a good amount of phenolics that is also found in fruits. These phenolics act as antioxidants.
• The rice bran oil is also useful in lowering LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
• It can reduce the risk of insulin resistance.
• Moreover, eating brown rice can prevent certain heart diseases and some types of cancer due to the presence of a complex chemical compound known as lignin.

Although brown rice has lesser shelf life of about 6 months and it takes longer time to cook but in view of the fact that rice is extensively used in almost all the countries of the world, people should be aware of the nutritional values of both the types and include it accordingly in their diet.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

I had never thought much about its nutritional value but I have always used a lot of brown rice in my kitchen. Actually I usually buy both Brown and White rice in 25 pound sacks and keep them in my pantry.

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author avatar A K Rao
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

In rural India the people used to have brown rice as they used to dehull the rice at their respective homes with an euioment resembling the pestle mortar!

With this there was no scope of polishing the rice! I recall having brown rice when I was kid , during our vacation time when we used to go to our native village !
Nice one dear Tanushree and my sincere thanks for the technical details!

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author avatar Tanushree S
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Yes, Mr Rao, It was common during that period in India. Maybe thats why people were more healthy as they used less refined foods.
:))

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author avatar stevetheblogger
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

Great article really enjoyed the read. I normally buy brown rice so the wife cant see that I have burnt it.
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar Tanushree S
3rd Aug 2012 (#)

Hi Steve, Thats a good reason indeed to buy brown rice!!!!
:))

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author avatar Treyward
14th Aug 2012 (#)

That was interesting. I was always told brown rice was better but didn't know why. It is very encouraging.

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author avatar DuitByJames
18th Sep 2012 (#)

I am glad that you help to spread well being. It is the little things in life that come together and help create balance. One of my favorite foods is a mix of many types of rice that have not been polished. I like savoring the difference in each grain, giving my wife reason to laugh a bit. Thank You James

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author avatar Tanushree S
19th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks James for your appreciation!!!

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author avatar AMITA PATEL
19th Sep 2012 (#)

very informative and nice article ... thanks for sharing

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author avatar Tanushree S
19th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks for appreciating Amita.

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