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What's the nutritional difference between brown rice and white rice?  Which should I generally consume/avoid?
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What's the nutritional difference between brown rice and white rice? Which should I generally consume/avoid?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Brown rice is basically white rice in it's natural state. It still has the hull and bran which is removed from white rice. The hull and bran are rich in proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber and potassium. The fiber helps to slow down the absorption of the sugars (carbohydrates) from the rice into your blood stream for longer lasting energy.

Since brown rice tends to have a nuttier taste and be chewier, it doesn't go with every rice dish. I usually recommend using it whenever possible or even doing a mix of white and brown, but also, allowing yourself to enjoy white rice when your plate calls for it.

Regardless of the type of rice you eat, make sure to watch the serving and keep it to 1/2 cup cooked.


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