By Dr Ann Kulze
Brown rice is a classic example of a physically intact whole grain and a far superior choice than white rice. Unlike its refined white counterpart, brown rice contains the full package of wholesome nutrition Mother Nature intended for us, and will not spike up your blood sugar level.
The refining process that turns brown rice into white rice decimates its nutritional value – stripping out 67% of its vitamin B3, 90% of its vitamin B6, 80% of its vitamin B1, half of most of its minerals, and all of its fiber, healthy fats, and phytochemicals.
Majority of the people particularly those who wish to lose weight do not include rice in their diet. They are of the opinion that eating rice increases the intake of carb thus, slowing down the fat burning process. But, brown rice has minimum calories and most importantly, it is loaded with a number of nutritional benefits.
A half-cup of brown rice consists of about 110 calories along with good amount of protein and fiber. Also, it is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin B6, zinc, magnesium, iron etc.
It is to be remembered that this is no miracle food which will make you slim within a jiffy. You need to eat brown rice and follow healthy eating ways and exercise on a regular basis and this will result in faster and effective weight loss.
By law, some of these nutrients have to be added back, but at least 11 are not added back at all. You and your family deserve the best, so always choose brown rice and leave the white rice on the grocery shelf. Par-boiled and converted (Uncle Ben’s) versions of brown rice cook more quickly and have a texture and color similar to white. Try them if you are feeling a bit reluctant to make the switch.
Author’s Bio: As a physician, best-selling author, and motivational speaker, Dr. Ann Kulze is on a personal crusade to share with as many people as possible the joys of living well. She is a renowned authority in the areas of nutrition, healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. As a gifted teacher with unrivaled credibility and passion, Dr. Ann transforms all of the “new science” of healthy living into programs that are simple, easy and fun