It has been said that brown rice is healthier than white rice, and generally that’s true. In fact, brown rice contains higher counts of fiber, vitamins and minerals along with a lower glycemic index when compared to white rice. If you want to control your blood sugar levels, brown rice is definitely the way to go. But getting used to having brown rice either daily or multiple times in a week as part of your dinner can be exhausting. Brown rice, unlike white rice, takes nearly an hour to prepare and many people say that slow cooked brown rice is by far the healthiest. However, that’s actually wrong.
In fact, the real healthier option when it comes to brown rice is instant brown rice. It may sound hard to believe that a pre-cooked packaged food is better for our health than actually making it at home, but it is understandable why it is so. For starters, multiple brands of instant brown rice have been tested and the results indicate that the instant variety actually has an even lower glycemic index. Several instant brown rice brands scored in the 40s while the slow cooked version made at home scored in the 60 – 80s.
Of course, a word of caution: This same instant vs. slow cooked phenomenon that we see with brown rice unfortunately doesn’t carry over to other foods that have an instant variety. Imagine how easy cooking and staying healthy would be if that were so? But it isn’t. Instant versions of other foods like oatmeal for example, as it is one of the most popular food items around, actually have an increasing glycemic index when you go from the regular non-instant oatmeal (takes longer to prepare, of course) to the instant version.
The time that it takes to cook is often something that keeps people from truly making an effort to keep up with proper nutrition, so it is great to know that instant brown rice is actually not a bad option when trying to prepare a generally well-balanced and healthy meal.
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