The fiber in brown rice can
help to lower blood
cholesterol levels and keep
blood sugar levels even.
While white rice contains few nutrients other than starch, brown rice has several nutritional benefits. Regular consumption of brown rice and other whole grains has been shown to help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. It is a good source of fiber, which can help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood and keep blood sugar levels even. Brown rice also contains some protein, and is a good source of several B vitamins and minerals, particularly selenium and magnesium.
- One of the least allergenic foods.
- A reasonably low glycemic index food that can help control blood sugar levels and may be helpful for diabetics.
- Useful B vitamin content to help convert food into energy and keep the nervous system healthy.
- High selenium content may help protect against cancers, and high magnesium content for a healthy heart.
Store rice in a cool, dark cupboard and use within a few months. Brown rice tends not to keep as well as white rice as it contains small amounts of fat, which can go rancid over time. The longer you store raw rice, the longer it may take to cook. Leftover cooked rice can be kept for a day or two in a refrigerator if you cool it quickly, but it must be reheated until piping hot before serving.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ninety percent of all rice is still grown and consumed in Asia, where it has been eaten for over 6,000 years.