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Cooking brown rice for a healthy life

Brown or brown rice has recently attracted a lot of attention as a super healthy food. Almost everyone now knows that this type of food is better than the white variety. The main reason is that the darker types of rice are made from whole grains. Thus, it retains all of its vital nutrients, which are removed in white varieties (and white bread for that matter).

Brown rice can be part of a lifestyle change, including going vegetarian or even vegan, consuming whole grain foods, and possibly not consuming meat or dairy. But even if you don’t want to go that far, you can start by consuming darker types of rice.

Eating brown rice, like eating black bread, is an acquired taste. If you keep eating it for a while, you will get used to it. Children need to be exposed to the taste at an early stage, otherwise some may have a hard time starting to use it.

Brown rice is chewy because it keeps the bran. Therefore, it preserves the vitamins and fiber, which are discarded in white rice.

While it’s best to eat whole grains that aren’t overcooked, I’ve found it easier to get used to if it’s overcooked and bland. That provides an easier transition from white to brown rice.

Studies show that certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer, can be affected by a high-fiber diet. The bran from whole grains is a great source of fiber. Not only does it help reduce the chance of cancer, it also helps with bowel movements. Also, brown rice is filling up and that can induce weight loss as you lose the desire to eat more quickly.

Brown rice is rich in antioxidants. While we give berries the antioxidant conscious, brown rice is right up there with berries in antioxidant properties.

Brown rice is a great baby food as it is packed with nutrients, minerals, and fiber, and it also provides bowel regularity for babies.

The sugar in brown rice is released slowly, making it a perfect product for those with diabetes. People who eat brown rice on a regular basis can greatly reduce their chances of developing diabetes.

Brown rice also helps control cholesterol and reduces the chance of type 2 diabetes.

To cook brown rice in a rice cooker, wash and soak the rice for about an hour. Use hot water. Then add 2.5 cups of water for every cup of rice.

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