Brown Rice

Brown Rice

 Rice that is processed to remove only the husks, called brown rice, contains about 8 percent protein and small amounts of fats and is a source of thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, iron, and calcium. Rice that is milled to remove the bran as well is called white rice and is greatly diminished in nutrients.
Brown rice is a rich source of phenols and flavonoids, two types of antioxidants that help reduce damage to cells and reduce the risk of premature aging.

More Detail

  • May Aid In Digestion

    Brown rice is a helpful staple that can be easily added to the daily diet to optimize the digestive system. The fiber present in it may help regulate bowel movements and keep you feeling full. A study investigating the effects of brown and white rice during digestion found evidence that the bran layer on the former may have slowed emptying, thus bulking stool. Fiber content also brings relief from other conditions such as constipation and colitis.

    May Provide Antioxidants

     

    According to a 2018 study, the more a grain undergoes milling processes, the more it tends to lose beneficial phytocompounds. Owing to this, the rice is bound to have more phytochemicals that exhibit antioxidant activity, especially when compared to white rice or other heavily processed grains.

    May Help Reduce Obesity

    Brown rice is one food shown to be instrumental in weight control for many people combating obesity. A study conducted in this regard revealed that whole grains such as brown and black rice, may have positive effects on the body concerning a reduction in body mass index and fat. They might also enhance the activity of glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant enzyme linked with elevating the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol in obese individuals.

    May Improve Maternal Health

    Sprouted brown rice may be beneficial for the mental health of lactating mothers. Brown rice consumption showed positive results in the nursing women concerning a reduction in mood disturbances, stages of depression, and fatigue, according to an investigative study in the European Journal of Nutrition. It has also suggested that the consumption of this rice during lactation may enhance the body’s ability to resist stress and improve the overall immune defense. 

    May Boost Heart Health

    The benefits of whole grains over processed food for heart health are not unknown to many. This rice is a step further in maintaining the natural state of the grain. Germinated brown rice can be a potential source of magnesium and proanthocyanidin, which may help reduce cardiovascular complications and also decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. A Nurses’ Health Study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also suggests that overall increased intake of whole grains may have a protective effect against coronary heart diseases.