The Benefits of Brown Rice

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

Did you know that the milling and polishing process that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids? Fully milled and polished white rice is required by the FDA to be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3 and iron. But the form of these nutrients, when added back into the processed white rice, is not the same as in the original version, and at least 11 nutrients are not replaced in any form. So why not just eat brown rice instead of white?

Brown rice is an easily digested whole grain that provides the body with 88% of the daily value for manganese, an important antioxidant that may help maintain nervous system functioning. Brown rice is also rich in fiber, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and phytonutrients such as plant lignans.

There are brown rice pastas available that will deliver the same nutritional punch as brown rice. Many are gluten and wheat free, and made from 100% quality, unprocessed brown rice. You can find delicious brown rice pasta in many of your favorite styles, including fettuccine, elbow noodle, spinach, angel hair, and regular spaghetti noodles. Take advantage of the benefits of brown rice!