CHASING
THE BALANCE
You are what you eat, and drink, so this is a good place to start.

BROWN RICE VS WHITE RICE

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
January 27, 2014
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What is the real difference?

It’s the difference between a whole grain (brown rice) and a processed food (white rice). White rice is the junk food of the rice family. The Wonder Bread of the grain family. A poser trying to be something it’s clearly not – healthy.

THE STATS

Brown rice is essentially the same as white rice, as the two come from the same plant. There is no “brown rice” plant and “white rice” plant. White rice is brown rice with the Bran and Germ removed (outer shell). When you remove the Bran and Germ you are removing the fiber, nutrients, and enzymes needed to help you digest the rice and you are left with just the starch which has next to zero nutritional value.

The milling process to make white rice takes away 67% of Vitamin B3, 80% of Vitamin B1, 90% of Vitamin B6, and 60% of Iron. This process also removes all of the natural dietary fiber and the natural essential fatty acids. Eating white rice is equivalent to eating white bread, which by now we’re guessing you never choose to do.

Brown rice has a wonderful nutty flavor and a slightly crunchy texture. It’s a great addition to anyone’s diet. It’s easy to make and will last for 3-5 days in your fridge as long as you put it in an air-tight container.

Make some for dinner, and use the leftovers for breakfast, just add some raisins and nuts and drizzle some maple syrup on top. Add it to your salad for lunch for an extra dimension of nutty goodness. Next time you order some Chinese take out, swap white for brown!

 

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