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Rice, Rice Baby 
Mar. 7, 2010 8:48 am 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2010 1:01 pm
I have always loved rice.  I like it as a side dish or in a main dish and who doesn't like it as a dessert dish?  In the last couple of months I have made an effort to move from white rice to brown rice. Some brown rice just taste to earthy for me, but recently I found a brown rice at Trader Joe's that I think is a really good substitute for white rice.  It is Brown Basmati Rice from India.  My favorite brown rice though is the one that Pei Wei uses it is Riceland Rice.  I have yet to find it in a local store and I think may be available in an Asian market.

What is the difference between white and brown rice?  There is a HUGE difference between the two. I have always thought that brown rice was better then white rice, but I didn't know why.  I started to research this and now that I'm informed I will no longer use white rice.  I will tell you why, but first here is a little history about rice in general.  Rice provides half of of the calories for half of the worlds population.  It is believed it was first cultivated in China 6,000 years ago.  In the US rice has been an important part of our agriculture since the 17th century. Today 6 states produce 99% of the rice grown in the US.  Arkansas is the largest producer of rice in the US. Each person consumes on average 28 pounds of rice a year.  If you are one of those consumers you should know that brown rice is much better for you then white rice.

All rice starts out as brown rice.  In the milling process we remove the hull and polish it that makes white rice.  When we remove the hull and polish we take out 67% of B3, 80% of B1, 90% of B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids.  Brown rice is a natural source of bran.  

Brown rice is a lot healthier then white rice.  Women who eat whole grains weigh less. If your concerned about colon cancer brown rice is full of fiber and is a good source of selenium which has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of colon cancer.  The oil in brown rice has been shown to lower cholesterol.  The health benefits go on and on.  The next time your asked "Brown or white rice" choose the brown.  You'll be doing yourself and your body a favor.
Mar. 7, 2010 8:55 am
...and ya gotta love that nutty flavor!!! Nice blog, SWEETJAM!
Mar. 7, 2010 11:07 am
Thanks for the info. I've been trying to go more healthy and buying organic but didn't think of rice. I have a Trader Joe's nearby so I'll give it a try.
Mar. 7, 2010 7:21 pm
I know it's a lot healthier to eat the brown rice, but I've had troube cooking it, & sometimes the flavor & texture just don'dt do it for me. I do like basmati rice though & will look for it in brown & give it a try. Just has so much more going for it. Thanks for the info.
Mar. 10, 2010 1:05 am
I'm completely sold on brown rice, too. My favorite is also Pei Wei's, but have never had much luck making the same at home. I sometimes cheat and use the Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Brown Rice, but I'll have to try Trader Joe's next time. Thanks for the tip!
Mar. 18, 2010 1:01 pm
Hey! Sorry, I am not sure the best way to respond to your question on my recipe request, I'm kind of new at these message boards : ) I haven't yet tried the bread from the bountiful basket, but I have heard good things and totally plan on doing it next time. Now the contribution time is on Mondays at 3PM Arizona time, you have to get on really soon after it opens or all the baskets get taken, it's craziness! I LOVE them!
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