Rice is known to be the most consumed grain on the planet. It’s consumed daily by people who live in Asia, but has come under attack in recent years due to low-carb diets such as the Paleo diet.
Studies have also been done about the levels of arsenic in rice which show high levels in rice not produced in Asia or California. Yet nobody really knows how arsenic levels in rice will really effect you.
There’s also the age old debate of white rice versus brown rice, and it seems like more people are trying out alternatives to white rice, not only in the west but in Asia as well.
Due to this recent phenomenon, here is a list of 5 alternatives to white rice which may be a lot more healthier than white rice.
- Brown Rice
There are different kinds of brown rice like Basmati rice or Jasmine rice which contain lots of important nutrients such as B vitamins, phosphorus, and magnesium. Studies show that low levels of magnesium can cause or predict heart disease.
The fiber in brown rice gives you at least 5 grams per cup, which can help suppress hunger pangs and stop you from reaching for the junk food. Here is a guide on how to cook brown Basmati rice.
- Wild Rice
Wild rice may look like rice but it’s actually not really rice. Wild rice is a seed of a marine grass, usually harvested by native populations in North America. Wild rice contains a lot of nutritients such as: phosphorus, immunie system and testosterone boosting zinc, B vitamins, magnesium, and folate which is known to protect from cancer.
Wild rice can take a long time to cook, so it’s smart to make a big batch to last a while. Soaking the grains overnight will also cut the cooking time by 15-20 minutes from the average 60 minutes it takes to cook.
- Sprouted Rice
If you want the best nutritional rice for the money you pay, you might want to get a bag of sprouted rice. Companies make sprouted rice by enabling the process of germination of the grain. This allows the rice to start growing into a plant, which increases the nutritional contents.
Studies show that germinating brown rice increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which can support heart health and your mood. Sprouted rice is much easier to digest, and quicker to cook.
- Wehani Rice
Wehani rice is a little chewy, longer-grain rice created by Lundberg Family Farms in California. The flavor is kind of similar to brown basmati rice.
Wehani is a complex and slow digesting carb. It’s great for athletes or those who have crazy workout sessions.
- Black Rice
Black rice has a sweet taste with a chewy texture. Studies have shown that black rice contains anthocyanins, which are the same antioxidants in blueberries, and very beneficial to your immune system. In the old days, black rice used to be only served to the emperors of ancient China.
Next time you plan to make rice, try out some of these instead and let us know what you like.
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