For years and years I have had it drilled into me that brown rice is healthier than plain white rice which is "just pure starch," so we switched. Lately, though, something happened to our finances and we are temporarily stuck eating the cheapest things we can find. I bought a bag of plain white rice to get us through.
What I don't understand is why the label on the white rice says that it has almost the exact same nutritional content per 1/4 cup as the expensive wild rice we were eating before. Both are almost the same across the board. They have the same amount of, protein, iron, vitamins and carb content. (The white rice is long grain Thai jasmine and the wild rice is Lundberg Countrywild "gourmet blend of whole grain brown rice which is comprised of long grain brown rice, whole grain Wehani rice and whole grain Black Japonica rice)
The only real difference was that the white rice was slightly (insignificantly - only about 20 per 1/4 cup which is 2 servings) higher in calories and the brown rice contained 15 calories from fat with no calories from fat from the white rice. The brown rice also had 8% more fiber, not a huge difference.
So what REALLY is the big difference between white and brown rice? Why is white rice touted as being so awful?