9 benefits of brown rice

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9 benefits of brown rice

Brown rice is incredibly healthy and far more nutritious than white rice. However, less favourted because it requires longer cooking time, but if this is the only deterrent then the next 9 benefits of brown rice should sway your opinion. Check out some of the ways brown rice will benefit you healthwise:

1 It Promotes Healthy Digestion

Brown rice is high in fiber, so it promotes healthy bowel function. This means that it help your digestion and will keep you regular. In fact, brown rice supplies you with roughly 14% of your recommended daily dose of fiber.

2. Prevents Weight Gain

In addition to keeping your digestion in tip top shape, fiber can also also curb your appetite. This is because fiber makes you feel fuller. A study from Harvard has shown that women in particular are almost 50% more likely to maintain a health body weight if they incorporate whole grains like brown rice into their diets.  Ladies start putting that brown rice on your plate.

3. Cardiovascular Health

Brown rice is great for your heart for several reasons. Firstly, the oil within the rice can lower levels of bad cholesterol while simultaneously increasing levels of good cholesterol.

Secondly, it can slow down the buildup of plaque within your arteries, as well as the narrowing of your arteries, particularly if you’re a postmenopausal woman. If you’re not, well, it’s still good for protecting against heart disease anyway.

4. Reduces the Risk of Childhood Asthma

Studies have shown that children who have a wholegrain-rich diet combined with fish have a 50% less chance of developing asthma. Good reason to get your children started on brown rice which actually is quite tasty and they will take to it faster than you think.

5. Healthy Bone

One cup of brown rice contains roughly 21% of your recommended daily intake of magnesium. This is important because magnesium is imperative to maintaining strong and healthy bones.

6. Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are generally associated with foods such as blueberries, kale, chia seeds. however, brown rice is also a surprisingly rich source of antioxidants. These are incredibly important because they fight off free radicals within your body, which can help to prevent diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.

7. Breast Cancer Prevention

Worthy point to mention here is that brown rice has pytonutrient Lignin which  target and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells within the breast region. Benificial to both men and women since breast cancer isn’t just limited to ladies.

8. Diabetes Prevention

Digestion time of the carbohydrates within brown rice is far slower than more processed grains, such as white rice. Subsequently, sugars are released more slowly into the blood stream, meaning your blood sugar doesn’t spike as much or as high.

9. Gallstone Prevention

The fiber found within brown rice can help to prevent gallstones in women.

The longer cooking time is well worth it considering all the benifits you rip from eating brown rice, especially when it comes to the ladies.


Tina is a DailyStar senior writer. She graduated from Edith Cowan University. Writing has always been something she enjoyed. Her positive outlook colours every aspect of her life. Her motto -Life’s too short so get living.

When she’s not busy writing, Tina is exploring the city she adores, running in her local Park every day, drinking an absurd amount of coffee, taking care of an adorable pup, kids and traveling.

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