The polishing process removes important nutrients. A diet based on unenriched white rice leaves people vulnerable to the neurological disease beriberi, due to a deficiency of thiamine (B1). At various times starting in the 19th century many have advocated brown rice or wild rice as a healthier alternative. The bran in brown rice contains significant dietary fiber and the germ contains many vitamins and minerals (see whole grain). This is in contrast to the traditional view of brown rice, where it was associated with poverty and famine.
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention; Five servings of white rice weekly can up risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers report.
Jun 14, 2010; Byline: Serena Gordon, HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 14 (HealthDay News) -- Substituting brown rice or another whole grain for...