When it comes to cooking, most families have a few go-to dishes that make for great sides. Rice is one of those great go-to sides, but is it all that healthy? The simple answer is that rice is good, but it’s not the healthiest thing you can consume. This makes families wonder if they should make the switch to brown rice, which is said to be healthier and much better for you. Is it, though?
If you’re considering making the switch from white to brown rice, allow us to say go for it. It’s a much healthier, much more waistline-friendly option, and you don’t have to feel guilty if you have it a few times a week. While you probably already know brown rice has a lot more to offer in terms of nutrition, you probably don’t know just how beneficial it is to your health to make this switch. We’ve done some fact-checking and some digging, and we’ve come up with several really good (great, actually) reasons you need to start eating brown rice.
Brown Rice is Filled with Vitamins
Did you know that all rice was once brown? When manufacturers take brown rich and “enrich” it, it strips the rice of all the good stuff that makes it healthy, turns it white and gives them the ability to package it as something completely different. The unfortunate part is that brown rice is good, and it doesn’t need any ‘enriching’.
Most of us assume that you can’t get any better than blueberries and a few other items when it comes to antioxidants, but that’s only because they have no idea that brown rice is actually filled with antioxidants, making them a great superfood that will help you lose weight, get healthy and feel much better about yourself in the long run.
It Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease
Here’s one you might not be aware of; because it’s considered a whole grain as it hasn’t been through a process called refinement, brown rice is really healthy. Eating this promotes weight loss, lowers your risk of heart disease, lowers your risk of obesity and it has several other beneficial health factors as well. It’s just one of the many reasons this food is so healthy, and should be in your pantry.
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