Sunday, November 15, 2009

The BAD/BETTER/BEST of Foods Challenge Post # 6


BAD – white rice

This rice is milled, or refined, and though this helps it cook quicker and keep longer, it comes at the price of less nutritional value. There is very little fiber in white rice, less than a gram and it has the lowest vitamin and mineral content of all the rice varieties, unless it is artificially fortified.

BETTER/BEST - whole grain rices (brown rice, wild rice, black rice)

These rice varieties are unmilled so they retain their bran and germ components, making them good source of whole grain. Brown rice, wild rice and black rice are much higher in fiber, containing 2-3 times more than white rice. In addition they are rich in antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, such as iron. They have a heartier texture and nuttier flavor in comparison to white rice as well. To get your dose of healthy whole grains from rice try my Lime Cilantro Rice, Fiesta Rice or Veggie Fried Rice recipes


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