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What Kind of Rice Is Best?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Rice Types

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  • There are more than 40,000 types of rice, including white, brown, black and wild varieties. Each has its own nutritional profile, benefits and points that invite discussion relating to how they’re grown, processed, and prepared
  • Wild rice is arguably one of the good options. It’s more nutrient-dense, has fewer calories and carbohydrates than white rice, and may aid in promoting satiety and weight loss
  • Studies show brown rice positively affects the cardiovascular, brain and nervous systems, and contains powerful antioxidants to help alleviate ailments ranging from hypertension to obesity

Rice, in one form or another, is one of the most important staple foods in the world and has been for possibly thousands of years. It supplies around 20 percent of the world's food energy, with the Asia-Pacific region producing and consuming 90 percent of the rice on the planet.


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