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Health Benefits of Brown Rice

Brown rice has much higher levels of many vitamins and minerals than white rice. Other coloured rice have similarly higher nutrient levels, but aren’t as well studied as brown rice. Brown rice is an excellent source of manganese. Just one cup of cooked brown rice provides 88% of your daily need for manganese, a mineral that helps us digest fats and get the most from the proteins and carbohydrates we eat. Manganese also may help protect against free radicals. It’s also a good source of selenium. Other benefits include:

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• Cut diabetes risk

• Lower cholesterol

• Helps maintain a healthy weight

 

Fun facts about Brown Rice
  • The Japanese word for cooked rice is the same as the word for meal.

  • In India, rice is the first food a new bride offers her husband. It is also the first food offered to a newborn. There is a saying that grains of rice should be like two brothers - close, but not stuck together.

  • There are more than 40,000 different known varieties of rice, but of these only about 100 are commonly grown worldwide, with a few of these being commercially marketed and sold.

  • Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which led to the tradition of throwing rice at weddings.

  • Rice is cultivated in over 100 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.

  • On cooking, rice swells to at least three times its original weight.

  • 96% of the world’s rice is eaten in the area in which it is grown.

  • Thailand, Vietnam, India, and the USA are the top 4 rice-exporting countries in the world.

  • More than 1 billion people throughout the world are actively involved in growing rice.

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