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Nutrition On Your Mind? Try Brown Rice
It is time you replaced polished white rice with the healthier variety
Rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre, brown rice is healthy and tasty. A versatile wholegrain, its nutty flavour lends itself well to a variety of food preparations. This blend of nutrition and taste is making brown rice a favoured option among the health-conscious.
“Compared with white rice, brown rice contains much higher amounts of fibre, certain B vitamins (B1, B3, B6, and B9), magnesium, potassium, and iron. Research suggests that swapping white rice for brown rice may improve blood sugar levels and help with weight control,” says an article on brown rice published in the Harvard Health Letter.
What separates the brown rice from the polished white rice are the bran and the germ, the two nutrient-dense layers of the grain which get lost when the rice is milled and polished. Brown rice also has low glycaemic index—it is broken down slowly and, therefore, does not lead to a sudden spike in blood sugar levels.
Besides steamed rice, you can also use brown rice for your risotto, biryani, pulao or even salad preparations.