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February 13, 2013 9:27 AM
they say you should eat brown rice over white. but i've noticed that i simply can't cook it. typically i hate uncle bens, i would rather steam white rice any day then eat it. but i started buying uncle ben's brown rice, and i've basically switched.

but is uncle ben's brown rice better than just plain white rice? (not uncle ben's- just typical white rice)
  34369456
February 13, 2013 9:32 AM
Yes. The reason brown rice is considered 'better' is that it has not had most of the fiber stripped away like white rice has. Uncle Ben's brown rice includes the fiber.
February 13, 2013 9:33 AM
get this Rice cooker - it makes excellent brown rice that tastes better than instant.
http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-Arc-743-1Ngr-Uncooked-Cooked-Steamer/dp/B0057XGM5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360776777&sr=8-1&keywords=rice+cooker
  18707619
February 13, 2013 10:18 AM
white rice is not good at all. same category as white bread. causes huge insulin spikes. Eat whole grain wheat everything
February 13, 2013 10:23 AM
If you have a Trader Joe's near you...Trader Joe's Instant Brown Rice...in the freezer section. AWESOME!!!
February 13, 2013 10:24 AM
http://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-rice020000000000000000000.html

This will give you some info on the nutritional content of different types of rice :)

Brown rice is more natural than white rice, it hasn't been as processed and you can find similarities with white bread vs whole wheat :)

Also great tip on the rice cooker, I might just have to get it!
February 13, 2013 10:25 AM
QUOTE:

get this Rice cooker - it makes excellent brown rice that tastes better than instant.
http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-Arc-743-1Ngr-Uncooked-Cooked-Steamer/dp/B0057XGM5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360776777&sr=8-1&keywords=rice+cooker


I second the advice on the rice cooker. I hated cooking rice until I got mine..now I use it all the time.
February 13, 2013 10:26 AM
I second the rice cooker. I love mine and you can do sooo much with it. Super easy, fast, cheap and healthy. Total win.
February 13, 2013 10:26 AM
Brown rice requires a little more water to cook than white rice and will still have a slightly different texture to it.
  27445807
February 13, 2013 10:26 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

get this Rice cooker - it makes excellent brown rice that tastes better than instant.
http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-Arc-743-1Ngr-Uncooked-Cooked-Steamer/dp/B0057XGM5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360776777&sr=8-1&keywords=rice+cooker


I second the advice on the rice cooker. I hated cooking rice until I got mine..now I use it all the time.


I use my rice cooker all the time! And I can steam my veggies with it!
February 13, 2013 10:27 AM
If you are having trouble cooking it, get a microwave rice cooker. For brown rice I just put the amount into the container, cover it plus 1cm with boiling water, put in the microwave for 10mins, take out, stir and put back in for another 10 mins. Brown is nuttier and more crunchy than white but this never fails and is easy.
  23879247
February 13, 2013 10:27 AM
Yep, millions of Asians are overweight and health stricken because of white ricelaugh .......................................while brown rice will pack a little more magnesium and selenium and fiber, white rice isn't the devil that many make it out to be. I'll pick white rice over brown rice anyday.............especially when eating sushi.

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Edited by ninerbuff On February 13, 2013 10:28 AM
  9285851
February 13, 2013 10:28 AM
I was basically in the same boat, I just switched to Brown Rice, and I love Uncle Bens rice, 2 minutes in the microwave and your done!
February 13, 2013 10:30 AM
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Yep, millions of Asians are overweight and health stricken because of white ricelaugh .......................................while brown rice will pack a little more magnesium and selenium and fiber, white rice isn't the devil that many make it out to be. I'll pick white rice over brown rice anyday.............especially when eating sushi.

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hahaha, they are not overweight because they do not eat 10 servings in one sitting like Americans do. they actually eat the proper amount of food.
  19102823
February 13, 2013 10:31 AM
I have been using this method for perfect brown rice...nice and easy

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Rinse rice in a strainer under cold running water for 30 seconds. Bring 12 cups water to a boil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid over high heat. Add the rice, stir it once, and boil, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Pour the rice into a strainer over the sink.

2. Let the rice drain for 10 seconds, then return it to the pot, off the heat. Cover the pot and set it aside to allow the rice to steam for 10 minutes. Uncover the rice, fluff with a fork, and season with salt.
  6827545
February 13, 2013 10:32 AM
QUOTE:

Yep, millions of Asians are overweight and health stricken because of white ricelaugh .......................................while brown rice will pack a little more magnesium and selenium and fiber, white rice isn't the devil that many make it out to be. I'll pick white rice over brown rice anyday.............especially when eating sushi.

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Thank you! I eat white rice and grew up with it nearly everyday like an asian (but Im peruvian) so it remains a staple in my life. I have lost weight still eating it. Like what you eat or you won't stick to the lifestyle change you're making. If you like brown rice then eat it, if you prefer white, eat it. Although, I would try to stay away from instant.. rice cookers are awesome
February 13, 2013 10:35 AM
bump for that rice cooker link. need one bad.
  15423338
February 13, 2013 10:38 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Yep, millions of Asians are overweight and health stricken because of white ricelaugh .......................................while brown rice will pack a little more magnesium and selenium and fiber, white rice isn't the devil that many make it out to be. I'll pick white rice over brown rice anyday.............especially when eating sushi.

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hahaha, they are not overweight because they do not eat 10 servings in one sitting like Americans do. they actually eat the proper amount of food.


And the amount of exercise. Brown rice is being looked at to see if it can curb diabetes in China.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/brown-rice/
February 13, 2013 10:40 AM
I have never used a rice cooker but am eating more and more brown rice.

How long do they take to cook rice?

Do all rice cookers work well for both brown and white rice?

Any other tips, hints, product suggestions?

Thanks!
  6827545
February 13, 2013 10:46 AM
Thank you! Rice is a staple in the diets of many of the healthiest cultures. Much of the world would starve without rice. We get into trouble because we put food loaded with calories on top of rice to make a meal.

QUOTE:

Yep, millions of Asians are overweight and health stricken because of white ricelaugh .......................................while brown rice will pack a little more magnesium and selenium and fiber, white rice isn't the devil that many make it out to be. I'll pick white rice over brown rice anyday.............especially when eating sushi.

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February 13, 2013 9:30 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Yep, millions of Asians are overweight and health stricken because of white ricelaugh .......................................while brown rice will pack a little more magnesium and selenium and fiber, white rice isn't the devil that many make it out to be. I'll pick white rice over brown rice anyday.............especially when eating sushi.

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Thank you! I eat white rice and grew up with it nearly everyday like an asian (but Im peruvian) so it remains a staple in my life. I have lost weight still eating it. Like what you eat or you won't stick to the lifestyle change you're making. If you like brown rice then eat it, if you prefer white, eat it. Although, I would try to stay away from instant.. rice cookers are awesome.
Ewwww. Instant white rice to me tastes NOTHING like bagged rice that I have to wash and cook in a rice cooker! Also if that rice isn't sticky (not like glue mind you) then it ain't being cooked right!!!

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  9285851
February 13, 2013 9:32 PM
QUOTE:

Thank you! Rice is a staple in the diets of many of the healthiest cultures. Much of the world would starve without rice. We get into trouble because we put food loaded with calories on top of rice to make a meal.
Yep. Pouring on gravy, a pound of meat and vegetables, adding butter etc, and then rice is blamed for the weight gain.laugh

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  9285851
February 13, 2013 9:33 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Yep, millions of Asians are overweight and health stricken because of white ricelaugh .......................................while brown rice will pack a little more magnesium and selenium and fiber, white rice isn't the devil that many make it out to be. I'll pick white rice over brown rice anyday.............especially when eating sushi.

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hahaha, they are not overweight because they do not eat 10 servings in one sitting like Americans do. they actually eat the proper amount of food.
Yep. And are conscious about portion size most of the time.

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  9285851
February 13, 2013 11:26 PM
I finally got the proper proportions to cook brown rice in my rice cooker and will never go back to white rice. This is much to my kids chagrin, but they will learn to love it eventually :)
February 19, 2013 2:36 PM
I've heard Uncle Ben's converted (non-instant) rice, which is parboiled, keeps more of the nutrients and has a lower glycemic index than just plain white. It has a glycemic index of 44 while brown has an index of 55 and short grain rice clocks in at 72.

Worth considering.

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