We all know rice is good, but which type should you actually be eating?
The refined form of rice lacks most of the beneficial nutrients that the original brown variety provides, but contains around 20% more per gram in carbohydrates, which are essential for runners. It also contains more folate, which is good for you and makes you feel fuller faster than brown rice, which if you’re sensible
could mean you eat less.
V BROWN RICE
Containing good nutrients such as fibre, manganese, magnesium and selenium that are missing from white rice, brown rice is also high in carbs. It has a lower GI than white rice, which means you feel fuller for longer. It also contains no trans-fat or cholesterol, and could also lower the risk of cancer due to its high manganese content.
VERDICT Brown rice generally always comes out top, but white rice’s bad rep probably isn’t fully justified. Eating whichever rice you prefer the taste of is important – as is getting a balanced diet. Whichever you go for, if weight loss is a consideration, be sure to weigh out the recommended portion size.