The health benefits include its ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process, while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body.
Other benefits include its ability to boost skin health, increase the metabolism, aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure, help weight loss efforts, improve the immune system and provide protection against dysentery, cancer, and heart disease. Rice is a fundamental food in many cultural cuisines around the world, and it is an important cereal crop that feeds more than half of the world’s population.
WILD BLACK CANADIAN
Not only is it the type that is richest in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, but it also contains dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties, and has the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even weight gain. This nutritious food is picking up in popularity and popping up in more health food stores across the US, Australia, and Europe, as people discover the numerous health benefits.
BROWN WHOLE GRAIN VS WHITE
Before white rice went through the refining process, it at one time looked exactly like brown. Brown rice, unlike white, still has the side hull and bran. The side hulls and brans provide “natural wholeness” to the grain and are rich in proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium. For those trying to lose weight or those suffering from diabetes, brown rice can prove a healthful staple given its low glycemic rating which helps reduce insulin spikes.
Unfortunately, all white rice packaging has a label that reads “enriched.” Since it has been stripped of iron, vitamins, zinc, magnesium and other nutrients during the refining process, manufacturers must add unnatural fortifications in the form of synthetic vitamins and iron so it can be marketed to the public as a “nutritious food.” Although this is fortified, it still doesn’t reach the minimum nutritional requirements for one serving of food as specified by the FDA.
BASMATI WHOLE GRAIN
Basmati is a unique species of aromatic rice originating from India. Basmati is gluten-free and low in fat. It contains all eight essential amino acids, folic acid, and is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol. Basmati has a low to medium glycemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower, steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of energy. It needs to be soaked for at least 30 minutes before cooking. This allows the grains to absorb water and cook evenly without breaking.