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Is brown rice fattening?

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As a whole, brown rice is considered an extremely healthy food and is not considered to be fattening. A 1-cup serving of brown rice has 216 calories, but only 15 from fat.

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That same 1-cup serving of brown rice also only has 2 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat and only 10 milligrams of sodium. Meanwhile, brown rice provides 45 grams of carbohydrates, which is 15 percent of a person's recommended daily allowance. Of that, 4 grams are dietary fiber. There are also 5 grams of protein and 5 percent of the recommended daily allowance for iron.

By comparison, a 1-cup serving of white rice has 204 calories, 4 from from fat. However, white rice is high in sodium at 577 milligrams, and low in dietary fiber at 0.6 grams.

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