If you are aiming for that “healthy new you”, you’ll be better off eating brown rice than white rice. Both grains are not really good for anybody but because Filipinos are used to eating rice as our staple, it is very hard for us to get rid of it.
Brown rice is “unmilled” rice, only the hull is removed, thus the bran and germ which contains the nutrients that we need is still there making it more healthier to eat than white rice. White rice, on the other hand, is processed by removing the hull, the bran, and the germ leaving the white part behind, as well as leaving us with almost zero nutrients at all.
Some white rice are “enriched” with vitamins and minerals but still lacks Magnesium. Magnesium is a vital component of a healthy human diet.
The bran and germ is what makes brown rice nutty, chewier and makes up the mild flavor, not real sweet like the white rice. Most importantly, it makes the brown rice more nutritious.
Brown rice is rich in nutrients such as Fiber, Magnesium, Selenium, Vitamin B1, B3, and B6 which helps you have :
- Healthy Heart – The fiber and magnesium found in brown rice reduce the risk of heart disease because they decrease blood pressure and blood coagulation. The essential oils present in the bran also decrease cholesterol, thus resulting in a healthy cardiovascular system.
- More Controlled Blood Sugar Level – Fiber and magnesium can help in regulating blood sugar levels, making it ideal for diabetics.
- Increased Energy – One cup of brown rice provides us with 88% of our daily intake of manganese which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates while the Vitamin B Complex present helps fuel our body by converting blood sugar into energy.
- Protection against Cancer – Being a good source of selenium and fiber, it can help protect you against colon cancer.
- Faster and Healthier Digestion – Magnesium is very helpful in providing relief from constipation. Its large dose of fiber also helps prevent gallstones by speeding up how long food remains in our colon and preventing bile secretion.
Brown rice just cost the same as white rice or even lesser. Not only makes you healthier but will also makes you feel fuller faster than white rice. Hence, making you eat less.
How to cook brown rice:
- Measure the brown rice using a rice measuring cup. Put the measured rice into the rice cooker pan (any cooking pan will do). Rinse the brown rice once or twice.
- Add water. For every 1 cup of uncooked rice, preferably add 1 1/2 cups of water. Some other brands require 2 cups for every cup of uncooked rice.
- After the rice is cooked, leave it inside the cooker for at least 10 minutes with the lid on before serving.
- Enjoy. 🙂