Did you ever wonder what the difference between brown and white rice is (aside from color that is) – which one is healthier to eat, and which one is consumed the most? And the very basic question ; Does rice make you fat?
Rice is generally made of carbohydrates, and these are broken down as sugar and stored in the human body as fat. When required by the body, these fats convert back into sugar and are burned for energy. But as long as it is not required by the body, the fat stays put – so if your calorie intake < calorie burning, you get fat by eating rice.
A Harvard Medical study showed that there is a direct co-relation between eating rice and gaining weight. So in those countries where rice is used as part of the lifestyle, such as Japan, Indonesia, India, and many other countries in Asia, the tendency to gain weight by the consumption of refined grains such as white rice is greater.
So if we have to choose between brown and white rice, should we choose brown? The answer is Yes – Brown rice is an excellent source if dietary fiber, just like whole wheat bread is. It prevents constipation, and helps in reducing cholesterol. One cup of brown rice provides 14% of the daily required dietary fiber for a human being. Brown rice take more body processes to get converted into sugar and so they use more calories. Eating brown rice will keep you slimmer, and will also reduce the tendency to gain weight! So for all those white rice loving ladies on a diet, lets make the switch today!
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