Which one is healthier? Brown rice or white rice?
When you are trying to be healthy, rice is such a versatile grain which is cheap to buy, easy to make and acts as a staple food for many people around the world. In recent years, brown rice has become widely recognized as a healthier option over white rice.
Lately, I have had so many people asking me which rice is "healthier" and so this article is taking a deeper diver into the differences and will provide you with the insight you need to make your decisions.
The difference between brown rice and white rice.
The reason that brown rice is usually considered to be healthier than white rice is because it is a whole grain.
White rice has had the fiborous bran, the germ and the carb-rich endosperm removed which is the most nutritious part of the grain.
- Slightly more protein
- More fibre
- Lower GI
- Less Carbs
- Less fat
- More niacin
- More iron
- More Thiamin
Rice is naturally gluten free
Rice is naturally gluten free, which is fantastic for those who suffer from celiac disease,
Rice is a great healthy carbohydrate which can assist women balancing their hormones if that has been impacted by consuming a low carb diet for to long.
When should you eat it rice?
As always, this depends on your goal. In my opinion, consuming brown rice 1-2 hours before a workout provides me with the energy to get through a tough session. Some other great recommendations of what to eat before and after a workout can be found here.
Which type should you eat?
As outlined above, there is no major advantages of consuming brown rice over white rice in regards to your health. In this study, it suggests that if you are at risk of diabetes than you should be opting for brown rice over white rice, but otherwise it doesn't really matter. You can check out my post here where I talk more about the secret strategy you can use when it comes to making food choices because after all, you should be able to eat whatever rice you WANT!
Stay strong. Be the fire.