It is a given that most Asian families consider rice to be their staple food. Every meal would have rice in it. Our family has decided to shift to brown rice this year. Although the polished white rice looks a lot more delicious, brown rice has more health benefits which we think are needed by our growing family.
Brown rice still has the rice hull and bran, which means that very important nutrients like proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium are still present. These nutrients may be gotten rid of from the “polishing” process.
Here are some important facts why brown rice is a good choice for your family:
1. Rich in Selenium- this nutrient reduces the risk of developing diseases such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis.
2. High in Manganese and Natural Oils- This nutrient is needed by our nervous and reproductive organs. It is needed by our bodies to synthesize fats. A cup of brown rice provides 80% of our daily manganese requirements. As for the natural oils, they are necessary to neutralize cholesterol levels.
3. Promotes Weight Loss- now this, I like! Since brown rice is considered wholegrain, you would feel full even with small portions. Most importantly, brown rice keeps normal bowel function. If you are one with regular bowel movements, brown rice should be good for you.
4. Rich in Antioxidants- Blueberries and strawberries are most popular for their anti-oxidants– but now we know that brown rice has rich anti-oxidants as these two.
5. High in Fiber, Stabilizes Sugar- Foods that are high in fiber are known to prevent colon cancer. Brown rice eliminates toxins from attaching to the colon walls. Furthermore, brown rice stabilizes the body’s sugar level. If you are one who has problems with high sugar level or diabetes is one illness that runs in your family, it’s best that you shift to brown rice the earliest time possible. Here is an interesting fact: 1/2 cup of brown rice reduces the risk of diabetes by 60%, while those who consume white rice can have 100% risk of the disease.
Perhaps the main struggle about shifting to brown rice is that it may taste different. I am just grateful that the kids have no problem with that. As to the price, it may cost a little bit more than white rice but its health benefits outweigh the price difference. Mind you, there is always a price to pay when we choose to be healthy!