How many times have we seen people switching to brown rice citing its numerous health benefits? A thousand times, at least. Most of us, when the craving for rice kicks in, take to eating brown rice to beat the guilt factor and be proud about eating healthy yet something that we like. But is brown rice really beneficial? Is it truly a healthy choice?
Whatever the answer may be, one thing that the staple has surrounded itself is a lot of myths. But before we bust that, let’s find out what brown rice actually is.
What is brown rice?
Rice that has been hulled but not polished and still largely contains the endosperm and germ with most of the barn layers is known as brown rice. It has a nuttier and chewier flavor. However, because it takes more energy and time to prepare than white rice, which is often unaffordable for the majority of the world’s population who rely on rice for their daily energy needs, brown rice is not especially well-liked globally. Several myths go around about its benefits.
Here are some myths about brown rice:
Myth 1: It has a high shelf life
Fact: The oil present in the bran layer of brown rice is responsible for very low shelf life. Uncooked brown rice can survive only up to 6 months whereas white rice can survive more than 10 years.
Myth 2: Harder to digest
Fact: Brown rice isn’t harder to digest instead it takes a longer period to get digested. The bran, germ, and endosperm layer of the brown rice is the reason for it. The low glycemic index and presence of phytic acid also make the process of digestion slower.
Myth 3: Low in calories
Fact: Brown rice is slightly high in calories when compared with white rice. A cup of brown rice has 248 calories present in it. The bran contains fat and some proteins which increase the calories. If it is not eaten in moderation, it may result in weight gain.
Myth 4: Brown rice is a healthy alternative
Fact: The phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient is present in brown rice. It reduces the ability of the body to absorb minerals and nutrients as it binds with minerals and makes them insoluble. The bran and germ which are the main sources of high fiber content in brown rice may lead to digestive issues like bloating, diarrhea, etc.
Myth 5: Cooks easily
Fact: Brown rice takes about 30-40 mins for it to boil to the level that it can be eaten. But this makes it infeasible for most people to do regularly.
Brown is no better or worse than white rice. It should just be consumed in a moderate amount to keep the disadvantages away from affecting your health. The advantages can be taken even if you do not eat it regularly.