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Old 02-24-2003, 04:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So, I am trying to shift from white rice to brown, because I have this vague idea it is healthier for my family. And we eat rice a couple times a week, usually, so making it healthier would be great. But, uhm, why? I compared the labels in the store and the only difference I noticed was that the brown rice has more fat than the white. So far, I'm not seeing the healthy. Some one, tell me what I am missing, please!
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I wondered the same thing! I make brown rice now, but why?

maybe its "unbleached"? non processed? :
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It has the outter coating on it which has more vitamins and minerals. Not to mention the coating takes longer to break down than the uncovered "white" rice. This makes the carbohydrate take longer to convert to a sugar. SOOOO...the brown rice is lower on the GI scale. This means that you will not get the sugar rush from the "white" starch.

This is particularly good if you are trying to keep blood sugar stabilized or watch your weight.

Brown rice also has more fiber which is VERY VERY good for your body.

I have found that for some things I refuse to use brown. (Indian food is not the same nor is Japanese) BUT I love stir fried brown rice and veggies. Yammer posted a recipe a long time ago that is so simple and YUMMY.
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So it's a lot like white vs whole wheat flour? They strip off the endosperm and then try to 're-fortify'. Okay. I will try to stick with th brown rice and get my family used to it but I guess I'll keep some white on hand too, for certain things... like when I'm in a hurry!
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Minute Rice has saved my life more times than i can count.

now, i take the time to make brown, but keep a box of MR on hand.
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talk about timely! my husband and i were just speaking about this, when he was home for lunch!

thanks for the info!
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Lundberg Farms makes a line of 15 minute brown rices that are pretty good - not too salty like some packaged rices. They save me when I'm in a hurry and my 16 mo old likes them too.
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We made the switch to brown rice lately too. Last night I finally perfected cooking it I think. It really does take a lot longer than white doesn't it? We has sweet and sour shrimp with it last night

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I use the Lundberg Farms rices, too. They are very good. Some are organic and others are "nutri farmed". But I still use Jasmine rice for some things (they make that, too) that just don't taste the same with brown rice.
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I just prefer the taste - also Wild rice - got so much more YUMMY in it......
White rice is just so bland, you always have to ADD butter or Gravy or something to make it eadible.
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White rice leaves a bad taste in my familys mouth.: And I never feel full after having eaten it.

Love brown rice and wild rice.Brown rice cold with milk and brown sugar for breakfast YUMMY!!!

The only thing I keep white rice in the house for is for those bags you put in the micro to warm up cold feet.
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The only thing I keep white rice in the house for is for those bags you put in the micro to warm up cold feet.
I've been thinking of making some of those. Do you just put the rice in a bag (fabric) for a minute or so?

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Rice freezes okay, so if time is an issue, make up a big pot, freeze in small portions and use in soups, casseroles, etc. I don't know if I'd use the frozen stuff for eating plain, might work.
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What about Jasmine rice is that bad too? My family and I eat it at least 5 times a week!!!
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At Whole Foods, in the bulk section, I have looked carefully at all of the nutritional information on the bins for a variety of white and brown rices and have found no difference in protein and fiber between one type of white (maybe basmati) and all of the borwns. A few of the white rices seem lower in protein and fiber, and I don't buy those.
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