We all love white rice! Admit it! Nothing pacifies our taste buds better that few spoons of this humble staple with our favourite curry. However, the growing predilection for diets and healthier eating has pushed white rice into the not-so-healthy category of food items. Majority of people have replaced white rice with the seemingly healthier alternative - brown rice.
But do brown rice truly deliver such superior benefits? Is there another side to this traditional tale? Let us unravel the facts and draw a final conclusion to this long existing debate.
Brown rice trumps white rice in nutritional value
White rice with the germ and bran is brown rice. Brown rice is the natural and wholesome form of the grain and is rich in magnesium, selenium, calcium, thiamine, potassium and fibre. When polished, rice loses its natural nutrients and is fortified through the use of synthetic vitamins and iron to meet the nutritional requirements.
Brown rice, a friend to diabetic patients
Brown rice, in comparison to its white counterpart, has a lower glycemic index. This allows easier digestion of food and also controls the blood sugar levels. Many researches in the past have been conducted in support of this statement and it has been proved that replacing white rice with brown rice has brought down type 2 diabetes by almost 16%.
Watching your weight? Brown rice may be the better choice
The difference in calories between the two varieties of rice is not very significant. However, brown rice offers a feeling of fullness and allows individuals to cut down the intake of portions drastically. From balancing sugar levels to providing higher protein, brown rice is a better choice for weight watchers.
Other side of the coin…
Brown rice is the winner to the debate! End of story? Well, not really! Some researches in the recent past have revealed a few findings that demand a revision of the choice. Prolonged consumption of brown rice may result in a number of gut-related complications including colon cancer – thanks indeed to the high fibre content. Also, the increased presence of phytic acid in brown rice acts as a strong mineral blocker on the gut.
Remember, too much of anything is always bad. As several health articles suggest, the practice of alternating between brown and white varieties of rice may be the most optimized solution to this problem. Understand your health and make a wise choice before you begin searching for mediclaim in India.
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