Long-grain story short, brown rice reigns supreme over white rice.
Basmati… jasmine… wild… the list goes on and on 🍚. Rice has a “one grain to rule them all” vibe. It’s delicious, nutritious, and one of the most versatile foods ever. But the “good for you” factor totes depends on the type of rice.
And (sorry to the white rice stans out there) but brown rice is the one.
We compared they key nutrients in a cup of cooked white and brown rice. This chart shows you how the stats stack up.
Sure, white rice boasts some sweet benefits. But brown rice is def better for you. Here’s what makes brown rice the Grand Grain Poo-bah.
Which provides more nutrients?
Bran and germ contain most of the grain’s minerals, fiber, proteins, and antioxidants. The endosperm is basically just starch and a bit of protein.
White rice, however, is milled. This means that the producers get rid of most of the bran and germ. Meanwhile, brown rice grains remain whole. So just how Bran ends up King of Westeros, it also makes brown rice the g-reigning monarch.
Some white rice brands enrich their products with:
- folic acid
But still, brown rice is prob better for you than fortified white rice.
Best for weight loss
Both brown and white rice can be part of a weight loss program. Here’s a rundown of the dietary deets:
|Brown rice||White rice|
|Calories||238 kcal||204 kcal|
|Carbs||49.6 grams (g)||44.2 g|
|Sugars||0.24 g||0.05 g|
|Fat||1.87 g||0.442 g|
|Fiber||3.12 g||0.632 g|
|Protein||5.32 g||4.22 g|
(There’s no winner here, because weight loss isn’t as simple as picking a winner. Sorry not sorry.)
NGL, brown rice has slightly more calories, carbs, and fat than white rice. But brown rice may still be slightly better for weight loss (and your health) in the long term. It has more fiber, protein, and nutritional benefits than white rice.
Which provides fewer carbs?
Brown rice usually has more carbs than white rice. But keep in mind that it’s more about carb quality than quantity. White rice is a refined grain. It doesn’t have much to offer a low carb meal plan. Meanwhile, brown rice is a complex carb that offers beaucoup benefits.
(There’s a world of grains outside rice. So if you’re going low carb, check these bad boys out.)
Brown rice and enriched white rice can both contain vitamins and nutrients. But brown rice has higher levels of:
- Fiber. Studies have shown that a diet full of high fiber foods may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. It can also bulk up your poop and keep your regularity on point. 💩💪
- Folate. Folate is a B-vitamin that helps your body make genetic material like DNA. It also helps you produce healthy red blood cells which can reduce your risk of certain types of anemia.
- Magnesium. This nutrient helps regulate muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. It also assists in bone, protein, and DNA production.
- Manganese. This trace element helps you form bones, connective tissue, and sex hormones.
- Phosphorus. This super important mineral plays a part in DNA and RNA production. It also supports healthy teeth and bones. 🦴
- Selenium. This nutrient plays a key role in thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and reproductive health. It can also protect you from free radical damage.
Killing your ketosis isn’t the only rice-related drawback. Here are some other possible issues.
Can you eat rice if you have diabetes?
Generally, you CAN eat rice if you have diabetes. But only in moderation, and only if your doc and dietician says it’s okay. Also, brown is the better choice.
Studies show eating whole grains like brown rice on the reg can help control blood sugar levels. This might be because brown rice has high levels of magnesium. Processed grains like white rice are another story.
White rice has a higher glycemic index (GI) than brown rice — white rice has a GI of 89 while brown rice has a GI of 50. GI shows how quickly a food is likely to push up your blood sugar.
A 2010 study found that folks who ate at least 5 servings of white rice a week had a 17 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes. But those who had 2 servings of brown rice a week had an 11 percent lower chance of developing diabetes than participants who rarely ate rice.
FYI: Diabetes isn’t a one-size-fits-all condition. Always talk with your doctor or dietician before making any major changes to your diet. Also, let them know if certain foods like rice are making your blood sugar freak out.
The right recipe can take your rice from bland to grand! Here are some banging rice dishes from all over the world:
Brown and white rice can both be part of a balanced, healthy diet. But overall, brown rice is better for you. It has higher levels of essential nutrients like folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium. It’s also a better source of complex carbs and fiber.
Try to eat rice, especially white rice, in moderation if you have diabetes. Too many carbs can lead to blood sugar spikes. Additionally, some studies suggest rice can contain enough arsenic to cause health issues.
According to the FDA, pregnant peeps and children under 6 years shouldn’t eat rice.