Is what brown rice looks like after it has been refined and had its hull and bran removed. This means it can be easier to digest but also lacks some of its natural fiber. While there are lots of other foods you can eat to consume your daily fiber intake, white rice still has a higher glycemic index. White rice is also stripped of many of its nutrients during processing and thus is almost always enriched with vitamins, zinc, magnesium and iron.
Is a whole grain and is rice in its most natural form. It is rich in: selenium and magnesium which are important for heart health. Iron, which is an important component of hemoglobin. It also contains manganese, which help with nutrient absorption, production of digestive enzymes, bone development, blood sugar regulation and metabolizing carbs. Switching to brown rice can also decrease diabetes risk because it has a lower glycemic index. Brown rice has slightly more fiber than white rice.
I personally use brown rice at home. When I eat out I’m content to eat white rice as it often isn’t as fluffy as the rice I cook at home. Want to know what rice cooker I use? Details here.
Ways to make brown rice more enjoyable:
- Invest in a better rice cooker! I wouldn’t have believed if I didn’t try it myself but now…I can’t even tell the difference between brown rice and white rice with my new rice cooker. It makes it so fluffy! Details on my blog. (My Top 6 Most Used Meal Prep Tools).
- Soak your brown rice over night to give it a softer texture and help it absorb more flavors
- Season with garlic or garlic salt
- Cook in broth
- Season with salsa
- Add a little butter and salt when cooking