This specific variety of most people’s all time favorite food abounds in beneficial nutrients to that extent that just one small grain holds in it intact a whole lot of nutrients and furthermore is advised as a food supplement for almost any meal of the day. One question remains though – aside from its nutritional values, is its calorie count also healthy, or if there might be some unwanted side effects directly related to overdoing it with brown rice consumption.
This particular variety of rice, which is also known under the name of hulled rice, belongs to the category of whole grain rice, slightly or not milled at all. Another confirmed fact is that rice is considered to be the most consumed type of grain food in the world. What also tends to trouble people is the everlasting debate on which of the two varieties of rice, white or brown, is the healthier one. Fortunately, it has been proven by means of in depth research studies that brown rice holds a lot more health benefits than its white relative. To put it in a more picturesque manner, when it comes to the production of the latter, just the outer layer (the hull i.e. the kernel) is taken off. On the other hand, when it comes to the production of the former, it is necessary to mile it completely, as well as polish it all the way.
Calories – the calorie counts can vary, all depending on the kind of the grain of the rice – short, sticky, long. Another factor that is quite significant is the manner of cooking, as well as the way in which it is eaten. One cup, or 195 g, of cooked and long grain brown rice contains round 216 calories overall. Since it has extremely small amounts of cholesterol, other substances such as sodium and calories aid in boosting the overall health by supplying the person’s body with the needed amounts of energy it requires to function properly
Nutrition counts – as with the calories, this also depends to a great extent on the same factors as mentioned above. If we take as our starting point 100 g of rice, it has in it 10 mg of magnesium, 43 mg of phosphorus, 83 mg of potassium, 43 mg of sodium, 5 mg of carbohydrates, as well as 23 g of fiber (dietary in nature), 1.8 g of fat, 0.9 g of manganese and 2.6 g of proteins. When it comes to those most evident and most important health benefits, it is important to point out to the following:Unpolished rice is far more health beneficial than its counterpart polished riceIt improves overall health of the colonTogether with selenium, it can prevent the progression of cancer cellsIt lowers levels of cholesterol and aids in keeping them in checkIt prevents the build-up of plaqueIt aids in decreasing the risk directly related to the occurrence of the type 2 diabetes