A Guide On Healthy Rice – Types of Healthiest Rice

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Curejoy Expert James Dudley Explains:

Healthy Rice For Healthy Life

Rice contains all eight essential amino acids for building muscle and some amounts of B vitamins, phosphorus and potassium. It is naturally gluten-free and low in sodium. There are around 40,000 known varieties of rice, so choosing the healthiest rice might be a little bit of a tall order.

Long-grain rice has the lowest glycemic index (G.I) compared to the shorter grain varieties. This means it gets converted into sugar more slowly, releasing energy steadily into the bloodstream and keeping you full longer. So if you have to eat white rice, go for the long-grain version, often called as ‘Basmati’ in India which is an aromatic rice type.

The rice that is used most often is white rice, which is a long-grain rice that is polished down to remove the bran and germ, leaving just the white endosperm (the rice kernel). However, the healthiest rice option you can have is the brown rice. Brown rice has thrice the amount of fibre, calcium, phosphorus and vitamin E than white rice. Due to its higher fibre content (which slows the absorption of sugar into the body), brown rice is often recommended for people with diabetes. The oil in rice bran is also believed to lower LDl cholesterol levels.

[Read: 5 Foods That Keep You Healthy And Fat Free]

Types of Healthy Rice

Bhutanese Red Rice: This rice has a nutty and slightly sweet flavor. Its red color comes from the minerals in the soil where it grows in the eastern Himalayas, which adds to its nutritional content.

Chinese Black Rice:

This rice is also called “forbidden rice,” as it was originally grown only for Chinese emperors. It has a purplish-black color and fragrant aroma. Nutritionally, it is a great source of iron.

Sprouted Rice:

Companies have started making sprouted rice, where they kickstart the process of germinating the grain. The process encourages the rice to start growing into a plant—which increases its nutritional value. A “Journal of Functional Foods” study found that germinating brown rice caused an uptick in levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a compound which may support your mood and heart health. Sprouted foods such as rice are easier to digest and are quicker to cook since the hard outer shell is softened during the sprouting process.

Wild Rice:

This rice is actually a seed of long-grain marsh grass. It is a great rice option if you are trying to lose weight, because it is lower in calories and carbs than most types of rice.

Wehani Rice:

Wehani is a russet-colored, slightly chewy, long-grain heirloom rice which delivers an aroma of buttery popcorn as it cooks. Its flavor is somewhat reminiscent of brown basmati rice. As with other whole-grain rice, Wehani is rich in complex, slow-digesting carbohydrates needed to fuel hard-charging muscles. While we love all protein does for a strong muscle build-up, it’s important to remember that carbohydrates deliver most of the energy needed to sustain those high-intensity gym sessions.

Brown Kilijira Rice:

This is a tiny rice, but it is full of nutty flavor. Plus, nutritionally it’s a great pick because it is a lower-glycemic rice, meaning it produces a smaller spike in blood sugar levels.


CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Mary Lynn Kelly
Mary Lynn Kelly 5pts

Brown Rice is good. White rice is poison & is responsible for malnutrition in the East.

Narmadha Rajalakshmi
Narmadha Rajalakshmi 5pts

We know that Mr.Gupta.even after it stabilized she insisted on white rice and she knows that if my mom is taking white rice her glucose level is steadily increasing even with medication.that's why we wonder why she insisted on white rice even her glucose levels are sky rocketing.

Siddharth Gupta
Siddharth Gupta 5pts

You didnt read the article did you ? Your mom sugar level was going down, so if she takes brown rice it will go more down... where as white rice will help to increase the sugar conversion and thus she can get enough glucose levels

Vicki Landingham
Vicki Landingham 5pts

I was told...a certain white rice...Drats forget the name?? Any help here? Brown and wild rice has the "husk"...to hard on our digestive system? ❤️

Narmadha Rajalakshmi
Narmadha Rajalakshmi 5pts

My mom was advised by her doctor to take white rice not brown rice to maintain her blood glucose levels.she didn't give any satisfactory explanation.we wonder why?

Shalini Rajendran
Shalini Rajendran 5pts

Brwn... I prefer moongil rice ie.brwn rice from bamboo wich is formed every 60yrs

Crystal Bhola
Crystal Bhola 5pts

My mom too. Actually that's what I have at home also.

Crystal Bhola
Crystal Bhola 5pts

This is so interesting. Lol. I always wondered about which rice was the best.

Karen Roman
Karen Roman 5pts

How healthy is Jasmine rice that you get in Chinese takeout?

Manisha Devnani
Manisha Devnani 5pts

In North East India u can get black / purple tinge colour, rice which is the best

Manohar Rao Gade
Manohar Rao Gade 5pts

Rice is not at all harmul to diabetic patients, it is a wrong appropriation created by the ignorant people. Rice is very good staple food to all the people in all the regions of the world.

Ayurveda 5pts

Its the brow rice which is for diabetics! It has a much lower GI

Ayurveda 5pts

There are varieties of basmati too! :)