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July 21, 2012 7:44 PM
Ok, so we all know that brown rice is better for you than white rice, and steamed rice is better than fried rice. So which is better for you- steamed white or fried brown? ohwell I notice at the local chinese restaurants, that's the only option (Why can't they have steamed brown rice?).

But anyway, what is everyone's opinion on fried brown vs. steamed white?
  6231661
July 21, 2012 7:48 PM
Fried rice isn't generally made with brown rice.
July 21, 2012 7:53 PM
QUOTE:

Fried rice isn't generally made with brown rice.


This!
It browns when it's fried (lots of soy sauce is normally used in it).

Also, some Chinese restaurants now offer brown rice, but you may have to ask.
Edited by beccadaniixox On July 21, 2012 7:53 PM
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July 21, 2012 7:53 PM
I don't believe that I've ever seen fried brown rice even at a chinese kitchen.
July 21, 2012 7:57 PM
QUOTE:

Ok, so we all know that brown rice is better for you than white rice, and steamed rice is better than fried rice. So which is better for you- steamed white or fried brown? ohwell I notice at the local chinese restaurants, that's the only option (Why can't they have steamed brown rice?).

But anyway, what is everyone's opinion on fried brown vs. steamed white?

Brown rice isn't actually better than white rice. A bit more fiber, but less nutrients due to the phytonutrients. I'll get fiber from veggies, and stick to white rice.
July 21, 2012 8:00 PM
While I agree with all the comments as far as having never seen fried brown rice on a chinese restaurant menu and the soy sauce being the primary culprit for turning any fried rice brown, the healthy option would be the steamed white rice if that is indeed the only other option.

Obviously steamed brown rice would be the best, and since they have to steam cook the rice before frying it, it's worth asking and perhaps paying a slight extra charge (I've seen chinese and teriyaki places offer steamed brown rice for ~$1 more). Fried rice (either white or brown) is going to have a fair bit of oil and soy sauce added during the wok frying, to keep it from sticking to the wok and for flavor. Lots of extra calories and sodium there.
  15336376
July 21, 2012 8:06 PM
Fried rice starts with cooked rice (steamed) so the issue with fried rice is what is added in the frying. If it is just vegetables and little oil is used, the calorie count is much like steamed rice. Lots of oil and a fatty meat like pork can up the count by quite a bit.

We make a lot of fried rice using left-overs, only a bit of oil to brown some onions, garlic and ginger. If working from raw vegetables rather than left-overs pre-cook them in a microwave so frying is not needed. Actually, if you watch Chinese chefs, you will see they have a second wok full of boiling water (perhaps with a little broth.) The vegetables get cooked there first and then added to the fried rice or stir fry very near the end of cooking.
July 21, 2012 8:07 PM
I prefer white rice. Brown tastes like cardboard and has the texture of undercooked white rice. Brown rice, in fact, is just white rice with the skin on, basically, and it's just got a little more fiber in it, is all.

Steamed is always better than fried, and this guideline applies to the rest of the buffet as well. Also, despite being brown in color, the fried rice you see at Chinese buffets /is/ white rice. It's just been stir-fried in oil and covered in soy sauce. Reach for the steamed white rice and pile your plate high with steamed veggies and grilled meats. Just be aware of things with sauces; those are likely to be crazy-high in sugar and/or salt, and therefore calories.
  15501055
July 21, 2012 8:08 PM
Huh. Well, thanks for that information! I had no idea soy sauce was added....well, I will now be having steamed when I frequent a chinese restaurant. Thanks again! smile
  6231661
July 21, 2012 8:09 PM
Im also curious of this....considering I will be eating 3/4 of a cup of shrimp fried rice.
  23816130
July 21, 2012 8:09 PM
I have NEVER seen brown rice fried... That CAN'T taste good... sick
  9464381
July 21, 2012 8:10 PM
I'd get the fried brown b/c white rice and my IBS DO NOT get along but I do great with brown rice.
  19385868
July 21, 2012 8:12 PM
actually black rice or "forbiden rice" is the best. you can find this rice at trader joes or whole foods
July 21, 2012 8:12 PM
Brown rice is full of essential and full carbs that we need in our system while white rice is halved and softer. While brown rice is harder and full of nutrients
Fried rice is horrible lol
Brown fried rice sounds ridiculous lol
  26513066
July 21, 2012 8:12 PM
Steamed is better than fried anything most of the time. I had beef and broccali today with white rice, it was sooo good too, lol.
  21921053
July 21, 2012 8:13 PM
I eat brown rice and simmer it in water for about an hour.. I use it in fried rices too. Its not too bad. I rarely eat white rice.
Edited by CassieReannan On July 21, 2012 8:13 PM
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July 21, 2012 8:14 PM
Love some fried rice :) LOL
  16845029
July 21, 2012 8:16 PM
Well, you can't make fried rice w/o steaming it first...fried rice is a redundancy or at best a misnomer, like refried beans. Save some calories and put the stuff in the steamed rice. Personally, I have started doing a 50/50 mix...tastes much better! (Got the idea from a cooking show I was watching).
July 21, 2012 8:17 PM
How come brown rice is better than white? White tastes better sad
  5409362
July 21, 2012 8:18 PM
Stick to the steamed white ... it's the soy sauce that is the killer ... I'm not the sodium police (just in case you were wondering and about to do a background check) but that stuff is crazy high ...

OR ... skip the rice. I do :)
  4717209
July 21, 2012 8:21 PM
It's funny that this topic is here, because just a couple of days ago i made shrimp fried rice with leftover brown rice - and everybody loved it! i added a small amount of reduced fat peanut butter, green onion, garlic powder and plenty of soy sauce. it was really good.
July 21, 2012 8:21 PM
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I have NEVER seen brown rice fried... That CAN'T taste good... sick


I fry my own brown rice & it's delish :)
  11237423
July 21, 2012 8:29 PM
While we are on the subject of rice....this has been bothering me for a couple of weeks and would really love some opinions/advice?

MFP logs:
1 cup of long grain white rice as 205 calories
1 cup of long grain brown rice as 216 calories
1 cup of medium grain brown rice as 218 calories.

My packet of medium grain brown rice sitting right here in front of me, says that HALF a cup has 352 calories in it??????

That is a MASSIVE difference.

Can anyone explain what this is about? They are weighing raw rice, not cooked.
  25076417
July 21, 2012 8:34 PM
Your package is probably saying raw/uncooked ... it's usually (depending on how you cook it) about 3x once cooked ... so using my fuzzy math, once cooked, that would yield 1 1/2 cups ... pretty close
QUOTE:

While we are on the subject of rice....this has been bothering me for a couple of weeks and would really love some opinions/advice?

MFP logs:
1 cup of long grain white rice as 205 calories
1 cup of long grain brown rice as 216 calories
1 cup of medium grain brown rice as 218 calories.

My packet of medium grain brown rice sitting right here in front of me, says that HALF a cup has 352 calories in it??????

That is a MASSIVE difference.

Can anyone explain what this is about? They are weighing raw rice, not cooked.
  4717209
July 21, 2012 8:35 PM
QUOTE:

While we are on the subject of rice....this has been bothering me for a couple of weeks and would really love some opinions/advice?

MFP logs:
1 cup of long grain white rice as 205 calories
1 cup of long grain brown rice as 216 calories
1 cup of medium grain brown rice as 218 calories.

My packet of medium grain brown rice sitting right here in front of me, says that HALF a cup has 352 calories in it??????

That is a MASSIVE difference.

Can anyone explain what this is about? They are weighing raw rice, not cooked.


Oh, and just for the record, the packet of WHITE long grain rice I have sitting here in front of me says 1 cup has 151 calories in it.

No wonder some of us don't lose weight on certain days. We are probably consuming a LOT more calories in that day than we think, based on trusting the system/database here.
  25076417

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