Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Brown Rice

Why choose brown rice over white rice? Basically brown rice has a much higher nutritional value than white rice and has a lower glycemic index. White rice has been milled and stripped of valuable nutrients. Unlike most other countries, the states enrich white rice with two B vitamins - thiamin and niacin and also iron. But why would you choose something that has to be enriched over something that already contains tons of valuable nutrients in it's natural state? Go for the brown rice!

In general, rice is a good source of B vitamins, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. The protein in rice is a higher quality protein because of the high levels of the amino acid lysine. Brown rice is much higher in fiber, folacin, iron, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and trace minerals than other types of rice. Brown rice also is the only form of the grain that contains vitamin E.

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