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Benefits of Brown Rice And Its Side Effects

Brown rice offers various health benefits and is normally considered superior to regular white rice. It can help fight depression and insomnia. It is extremely good for digestion. It has strong antioxidant properties that help your body’s immune system stay stronger and even prevents certain types of cancer. Brown rice is very good for people with diabetes as it has a low glycemic index and prevents the fast absorption of sugar in the body. It is also good for your heart as it lowers the bad cholesterol in the body. Brown rice has low calorie and fat content and can be used by people who want to lose weight. It is known for preventing neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s diseases and can also reduce stress in women who are lactating or breastfeeding. Furthermore, brown rice is good for your skin and can treat problems like psoriasis. It can boost your nervous system and immune system quite nicely. It is filled with magnesium and can improve the health of your bones and teeth. The ferulic acid present in brown rice has anti-ageing elements. Brown rice can also help prevent hair loss.

Benefits of Brown Rice And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Brown Rice
Nutritional Value of Brown Rice
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Brown Rice
It is good for diabetics
It is rich in antioxidants
It prevents obesity
It prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Lowers stress in lactating women
It is good for digestion
Its good for your heart
It is an antidepressant
It treats insomnia
Other benefits
Uses of Brown Rice
Side-Effects & Allergies of Brown Rice
Cultivation of Brown Rice

Brown Rice

Brown rice has become a fairly sought after grain, especially because it provides a ton of health benefits and is considered superior to its more commonly consumed cousin, white rice. This rice is obtained by just removing the outer husk of the grain and is a part of the whole grain family. The nutrient dense bran and the germ layer of the grain is retained in this process, which is why it is a healthier option. It is also slightly chewier and has a nuttier flavour when compared to white rice. Many people also eat germinated brown rice, which is basically brown rice that has been soaked in water for some time before cooking.

Nutritional Value of Brown Rice

As the bran of the rice is filled with nutrients, brown rice is a healthier option when compared with white rice, and is ultimately better for you. In 100 grams of brown rice, you will find 111 calories. It has low fat content at just 0.9 grams, including 0.2 grams of saturated fat, 0.3 grams of polyunsaturated fat, and 0.3 grams of monounsaturated fat. It does not have any cholesterol in it. It has 5 mg of sodium along with 43 mg of potassium in it. The total carbohydrate content in 100 grams of brown rice is 23 grams, including 1.8 grams of dietary fiber and 0.4 grams of sugar. It has 2.6 grams of protein in it. Brown rice also offers a few vitamins and minerals. Of the daily recommended dosage for the following, it has 10% of magnesium, 5% of vitamin B-6, 2% of iron, and 1% of calcium. It does not have any vitamin A, B-12, C, or D. It is also rich in manganese, zinc, selenium, important fatty acids, and phosphorus.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

111 Calories
0.9 g Total Fat
5 mg Sodium
43 mg Potassium
23 g Total Carbohydrate
2.6 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

0.01 Calcium
2 % Iron
5 % Vitamin B-6
10 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Brown Rice

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Brown Rice
Health Benefits of Brown Rice

It is good for diabetics

It is good for diabetics

Brown rice has a low glycemic index, which is why it is very good for people who suffer from diabetes. This can help reduce surges of insulin, which is very beneficial in controlling the blood sugar levels. Furthermore, brown rice is a complex carbohydrate which can help reduce the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the body. This also goes a long way in controlling diabetes.

It is rich in antioxidants

Antioxidants are important for your body as they help fight the free radicals present in your body. This leaves your immune system free to deal with larger issues. Furthermore, antioxidants are known to prevent certain types of cancer from occurring as well. They even help ensure your cells are prevented from oxidation when energy is produced. Therefore, they are very good for you. Brown rice is rich in antioxidant properties, especially when compared with white rice.

It prevents obesity

Many people who are interested in losing weight add brown rice to their diet instead of white rice. This is because it is rich in manganese, which is good for synthesizing body fats. It can help you reduce your BMI (body mass index) and fat. Furthermore, brown rice helps increase the amount of HDL cholesterol in your body, which is good for you. It has strong anti-obesity effects.

It prevents Alzheimer’s disease

Brown rice is rich is gama-aminobutrynic acid which helps prevent various types of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. It even helps by inhibiting a harmful enzyme known as protylendopetidase. This enzyme is directly linked with Alzheimer’s disease.

Lowers stress in lactating women

Lactating can be stressful in itself, however, the additional stress and concern tends to cause the milk to retreat, causing more stress, leading to more retreating of the milk, and so on. It is an endless cycle, which is why lowering the stress on the woman is very important during this period. Brown rice helps with this. It helps to lower the sense of fatigue, depression, and mood swings in women who are breastfeeding. It also increases your immunity to infections and diseases during this period.

It is good for digestion

Brown rice is rich in fiber which helps to bulk up the stool and move it along the digestive tract. This is important because it facilities regular and good bowel movements in people. Furthermore, brown rice contains an extra layer of bran on the surface, which prevents an excess absorption of acid. As a result, the texture retention during digestion is far better. Brown rice is good for constipation and colitis.

Its good for your heart

Another reason why so many people choose brown rice over white one these days is because it is very good for your heart. It lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in the body, thereby preventing a ton of cardiovascular problems like clogged arteries, heart attacks, strokes, and an overworked heart. It also helps with hypertension and other vascular diseases such as the hardening of arteries. On the whole, it keeps your cardiovascular system safe from harm and functioning healthily.

It is an antidepressant

Another beneficial property of brown rice is that it is an antidepressant. This is because germinated brown rice has a ton of important nutrients like glutamin, glycerine, and GABA. These are neutrotransmitters that inhibit messages in the brain that are related to depression, anxiety, and stress. As a result, they help promote a sense of well-being and happiness.

It treats insomnia

Having insomnia can be an extremely frustrating experience. However, resorting to pills that create dependencies is not always the right answer. Sometimes, nature provides all the cures you need. In this case, brown rice works well to treat insomnia. This is because it is extremely rich in melatonin, which is a sleep hormone. It can regulate your sleep cycle and also provide a deep sleep when you do fall asleep, treating all problems related to insomnia.

Other benefits

Apart from the ones mentioned above, brown rice offers a host of other health benefits as well. It is good for your skin and can treat problems like psoriasis. It can boost your nervous system and immune system quite nicely. It is filled with magnesium and can improve the health of your bones and teeth. The ferulic acid present in brown rice has anti-ageing elements. Brown rice can also help prevent hair loss.

Uses of Brown Rice

Brown rice is mainly used for culinary purposes. It can be used as a substitute for white rice in any rice based dish. It can be used in stir frys, pilafs, curries, and salads really easily and tastes great. Furthermore, brown rice syrup is often used in deserts. They add a sweet, buttery, nutty flavour to whatever you add it to. The syrup can also be used to create delicious beverages.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Brown Rice

Brown rice is extremely healthy and does not have any side effects or harmful elements present in it. If you are not sure whether or not you are allergic to cranberries, performing a patch test can always help. On a general note, it is always best to consult a physician before adding anything new to your diet or lifestyle.

Cultivation of Brown Rice

Rice originated in china and so did brown rice. The Chinese name for brown rice translates to ‘rough rice’ due to the presence of the outer layer.

Popular Questions & Answers

What are the benefits of brown rice in terms of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity and which is the best cooking oil for reducing cholesterol level.

DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopath, Patna
Hello, * Brown rice has less calorie, being beneficial,digestible for Diabetes,cholesterol and obesity in comparison to normal rice It is more nutritious than white rice, containing Carbohydrate,minerals, vitamin, protein. U can use Olive -oil for cooking. Take, care.
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Hello sir, Please suggest me some good food or any soup which I can eat or drink in night.

MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Hi, Thank you for your query. We will be happy to help you. For dinner you can have: Soups: Lentil soup, mix veg soup, tomato and spinach soup, broccoli soup. You can accompany it with a salad. Brown rice: You can also have a brown rice recipe for dinner. Oatmeal: This can also be had for dinner. Steamed vegetables: This is also a good option for dinner. We are here to guide you. For a detailed and customized diet plan, feel free to leave a message. Eat healthy, stay healthy Regards.
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Please tell me medicine to increase sex stamina and increase penis size with no side effects.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Banana Peanut Butter Beetroot Juice Red Grapes Coffee Beans Citrus Fruits Brown Rice Maca Dry Fruits Pumpkin Peanuts garlic

What is the perfect diet plan to breakfast, lunch and dinner for healthy body in which our all parts of body remains fit. please explain briefly because I am conscious for health and we can seen that in today scenario every people affected by diseases. please tell me.

"N.D/N.M.D"
Alternative Medicine Specialist, Delhi
Early Morning Lukewarm Water with Lemon 1 glass0Tea without Sugar + 2 Biscuits Breakfast 1/2 cup Paneer or boiled egg, Brown Bread or Upma 1 plate + Milk 1 cup/ poha or cereal Mid-Morning 1 Banana/1/2 cup Melon Lunch Brown Rice 1 cup (195 gm)  or steamed rice + Mixed Vegetables 1/2 cup + Salad 1 bowl + Raita 1 small bowl Dinner 2 Rotis + any Vegetable 1 bowl + Salad 1 bowl.
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Popular Health Tips

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROWN RICE

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist,
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROWN RICE

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BROWN RICE

1.Help to reduce diabetes.

2.Maintain a healthy level of cholesterol.

3.Help in the prevention of various types of cancer.


4.Rich in antidepressant properties.

5.Help to control weight.

6.Boost immune system and healthy bones.

7.Helps in smooth functioning of brain and nervous system.

D ( Diabetology), AFIH, DNB (F.MEDICINE), MBBS
General Physician, Pune
Rice is one of the most important staples in india. It was first mentioned in yajur veda and more than 200, 000 varieties of rice are available in india today. Different rice varieties may have different morphological features, cooking, eating, and product-making characteristics. Rice varieties may be broadly classified based on their size, shape, waxy or non-waxy (based on the nature of starch), aromatic (eg. Basmati, jeerakasambha) or non-aromatic (ponni; sonamasuri), red or black rice (based on color) etc, there are different forms of rice, namely brown rice (unpolished rice), hand pounded rice (minimally polished rice), raw (non-parboiled) white rice (fully polished rice), parboiled white rice, quick cooking rice (instant rice) etc, depending on the processing it has undergone. Brown rice is a whole grain which retains 100% of its bran, germ. Brown rice is prepared from paddy (either raw or parboiled paddy of any rice variety) and only the outer husk is removed. Hence it contains all its botanical components and the nutrients provided by them too. The outer layers (bran) and the germ or embryo of brown rice are rich in protein, fat, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals, whereas the inner portion of the rice grain (endosperm) is rich in starch.

During the process of milling, the paddy is dehusked and the outer layers of the brown rice (bran) and germ are stripped off approximately to an extent of 7-10% leaving behind mainly the starchy inner portion. Generally fully polished rice (white rice) is preferred for its superior appearance, taste, flavor, aroma and textural characteristics. The rice what is being currently served on our plates is the dietary fibre depleted white rice either parboiled or non-parboiled (hence called refined grain) which is highly starchy in nature.

During ancient period, hand pounded rice (not a 100% brown rice) was consumed and today due to the advancements in milling technology (to reduce the loss due to breakage of grains in the traditional handpounding process), the hand pounding practice has vanished and is replaced by modern rice milling machinery which delivers higher yield of polished rice (either raw or parboiled). In the traditional manual practice of hand pounding, the paddy was pounded using a pounder in a stone mortar, which was then winnowed to remove the husk and minimal amounts of bran to yield hand pounded rice and thus minimal degree of polishing. This rice is also nutritionally superior compared to fully polished rice that is being currently consumed. However, brown rice contains the highest nutrients compared to both hand pounded and white rice.


A study has shown a strong association between refined grain (polished rice or white rice) consumption and the metabolic syndrome (clustering of metabolic abnormalities including glucose intolerance, central obesity, dyslipidemia and hypertension), and diabetes risk in urban adult south indian population. The study also reported that almost half of the (50%) of the daily calories in our population were derived from refined grains predominantly polished white rice (on an average the intake was around 250 g of polished rice (uncooked) per day).


Many studies from the western countries have shown risk reduction of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes with consumption of whole grains such as brown rice. However, such a study had not been possible in india due to difficulty in obtaining genuine brown rice in the market. Of late brown rice is gaining importance due to increased awareness on the health benefits of wholegrain consumption and lots of products with labels of ?brown rice?, ?hand pounded rice? are being marketed widely. The nutrition and ingredient labels are often overlooked by the consumers. There are lots of rice samples with brown color being marketed under the label claims of ?brown rice?. All the rice that appears brown in color need not be a genuine ?brown rice?. Nutritionally, brown rice is a healthier option to white rice, as it contains higher levels of dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and other health beneficial phytonutrients. Polishing decreases these health beneficial nutrients, and increases the rate (speed) of digestion and hence quickly raises the blood glucose (so a high glycemic index food). A study from our centre has indicated that with progressive polishing of brown rice, the dietary fibre content decreased and the available carbohydrate (the carbohydrates which are available for metabolism) content increased. With polishing, the decrease in the levels of proteins, fat, minerals, ?-oryzanol, polyphenols and vitamin e was also observed. Thus the process of polishing not only decreases the dietary fibre content but also the other health beneficial nutrients of rice. Such a polished rice choice being a high gi food and when consumed as a staple (consumed in all meals and in greater quantity) could further increase the glycemic load (gl) of the diets which are known to increase the insulin demand and elicit higher glycemic and insulinemic responses triggering the risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity.


Recently, a market survey was conducted in the different parts of chennai in shops, kiosks and super markets regarding the availability of brown rice. Rice samples with label claims of ?brown rice?, ?hand pounded rice? were collected and examined. To our surprise some retailers were selling parboiled polished red rice (kerala rice) [picture 1] as brown rice. It is important for the consumers to know the characteristics of brown rice to make a judicious choice in the market.

Brown rice appears brown, glossy and smooth with intact bran and the germ . In contrast the polished white rice is whiter and is devoid of the bran and germ.

The department of foods, nutrition and dietetics research at madras diabetes research foundation, chennai prepared brown rice (0% polish), minimally polished rice (2.3% polish) and white rice (9.7% polish) from parboiled bpt (baptla variety) paddy and their gi was tested. Brown rice showed the least gi compared to the other two rice samples. Moreover brown rice based traditional south indian preparations (idli, dosa, upma, sambhar rice etc,) exhibited a lower gi compared to the corresponding white rice based preparations. In addition, our studies with 24 hr glucose monitoring system have also shown significant improvement in the 24 h glucose response of brown rice compared to minimally polished and white rice based diet in overweight adults.

Further, evaluation of the commonly consumed indian rice varieties namely; sonamassuri, surtikolam and ponni for gi revealed all of these to be high gi category rice. Hence it is prudent to replace white rice with brown rice and also to lay down stringent food regulations for the label claims for marketing of brown rice in the country. Awareness of the morphological features of brown rice and the health benefits of brown rice will be helpful in popularization of brown rice among the rice eating population of india.
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Health Tip

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Health Tip

MONDAY MOTIVATION:

WholeGrains are those in which the nutrients remain intact. Whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. Whole grains are either single foods, such as brown rice and popcorn, or ingredients in products, such as buckwheat in pancakes or whole wheat in bread.

RefinedGrains are milled, a process that strips out both the bran and germ to give them a finer texture and longer shelf life. The refining process also removes many nutrients, including fiber. Refined grains include white flour, white rice, white bread and degermed cornflower. Many breads, cereals, crackers, desserts and pastries are made with refined grains, too.

 

BENEFITS OF HAVING WHOLE GRAINS:

 

  • They are high in fibre, so help in digestion.
  • They help to lower the cholestrol
  • They lower blood pressure
  • They help to control to weight
  • They will provide more satiety
  • Help to regulate blood sugar
  • They are rich in vitamins and minerals

 

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Digestive Health - 10 Things That Can Help You Manage It!

DNB Gastroenterology, Consulatant Gastroenterologist, Chief gastroenterologist
Gastroenterologist, Nashik
Digestive Health - 10 Things That Can Help You Manage It!

The food you eat plays an important role in your gastrointestinal health. Some foods can be difficult to digest and lead to bloating and heartburn while others increase the healthy bacteria in your gut and make digestion easier. 

Here are ten things you should include in your diet for a healthy digestive system:

  1. Bananas: Bananas help regulate bowel movements and help bind food waste together thus helping with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. They also help restore the electrolyte and potassium balance in the stomach.
  2. Oats: Oats are rich in fiber and low in calories. It is also a rich source of phosphorus, vitamin E and Zinc. Oats helps with the proper functioning of the digestive system and the extraction of waste.
  3. Curd: Curd rice is the most well known home remedy for an upset stomach. Curd is a rich source of probiotics that helps restore the balance of healthy gut bacteria and eases digestion.
  4. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is an excellent substitute for normal cooking oil or butter. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and fatty acids that ease the digestive system and boost immunity and energy levels.
  5. Lentils: Lentils are rich in prebiotics and fiber. These prebiotics promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria and prevent harmful bacteria from causing stomach infections.
  6. Ginger: Herbs and spices are very helpful with digestion. Amongst these, ginger is foremost. It can be used to treat a number of stomach infections such as bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Ginger also helps speed up the movement of food from the stomach to the intestines. 
  7. Vegetables: Vegetables are rich in fiber and probiotics. While beetroots help relieve constipation, sweet potatoes help treat ulcers and bowel problems. Other vegetables that aid digestion include cucumbers, tomatoes and carrots.
  8. Brown rice: A certain amount of carbohydrates are essential for a well balanced diet. Brown rice has a high calorific value but is less fattening. Brown rice helps food move smoothly through the digestive system and hence promotes regularity.
  9. Peppermint: Peppermint helps ease indigestion and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Peppermint can be had on its own as a flavoring agent in salads and on fruits or taken as a supplement.
  10. Water: Water is crucial to healthy digestion. It helps smooth the movement of food through the digestive system and out of the bowels. Inadequate water is one of the most common causes of constipation. Ideally, you should have a minimum of 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Homeopathy And Eczema

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
ECZEMA OR DERMATITIS [ECZEMA]

It is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin causing a distinctive pattern of symptoms such as itching, scaling, thickening of skin and discoloration of skin.
 
CAUSES:
• Heredity.
• Can be associated with asthma.
• Allergic – dust mites, detergents, rubber, nickel plated jewellery.
Stress – physical or emotional.
• In babies diaper rash or napkin eczema is possible.
 
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:
• Intense itching.
• Dry thickened skin usually on wrists, face, knees, and elbows.
• Small eruptions and blisters that may ooze fluid.
• Occasional redness and scaling.
• Rash.
• Dry leathery skin areas.
• Skin is abnormally dark or light in color than the normal skin.
• Raw areas of the skin from scratching.
 
DIETARY MANAGEMENT:
• Do not scratch especially with long nails. It may lead to secondary infection.
• Avoid foods you are allergic to.
• Avoid nickel plated jewellery, cosmetics, and other articles that give you skin complaints.
• Do not self medicate.
 
DO:
• You can apply non-medicated ointments like petroleum jelly to soothe the irritation.
Yoga will help to relax and de-stress yourself.
• When washing or bathing, use less soap than usual. After bathing, apply lubricating cream on the skin while it is damp.

• Avoid eggs, fish, peanuts and soy.
• Avoid dairy products, sugar, white flour, fried foods and processed foods.
• Avoid the excess fat from meat – buy lean and preferably organic.
• Avoid sugar, gluten (wheat, barley, rye and oats) and raw eggs.
• Avoid soft drinks and oranges (if allergic to oranges).
 
CONSUME:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Consume lots of fresh and raw fruits and vegetables.
• Eat healthy diet, including five portions of vegetables per day, brown rice, millet, oily fish and a little fruit (no oranges).
• Consume diet rich in vitamin A and zinc, helps in regeneration of the skin.
• Diet rich in vitamin A:
– Liver oils of fish, egg, milk and milk products,
– Yellow orange colored fruits and vegetables; green leafy vegetables are good source of - carotene.
• Foods rich in zinc:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea plants.
• Increase intake of vitamin C, it helps maintain healthy skin:
– Milk and milk products, citrus fruits, green vegetables
– Fruits and vegetables when fresh have maximum of vitamin C.
• Have coriander leaves frequently, its high in vitamin C and helps to maintain healthy skin.
• You can have 3-4 strands of saffron in milk, it is beneficial for skin.
Basil leaves (tulsi) are said to be helpful in skin ailments, eat 3-4 fresh leaves daily.
• Breast feed your child; breast milk increases the immunity of your child and helps preventing eczema in future.
 
CONSULT PHYSICIAN:
• In case of prolonged duration or change in rash pattern take physicians opinion immediately.
• If symptoms get worse or if you see any Signs of infection (fever, redness of the affected area, pain) occur, see your physician immediately.

Table of Content

Brown Rice
Nutritional Value of Brown Rice
Nutritional facts Per 100 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Brown Rice
It is good for diabetics
It is rich in antioxidants
It prevents obesity
It prevents Alzheimer’s disease
Lowers stress in lactating women
It is good for digestion
Its good for your heart
It is an antidepressant
It treats insomnia
Other benefits
Uses of Brown Rice
Side-Effects & Allergies of Brown Rice
Cultivation of Brown Rice