All rice grains have four basic components: the protective outer hull (which must be removed), the bran and the germ (both of which are removed to create white rice), and the creamy endosperm. With the bran and germ intact, high-fiber brown rice has good amounts of vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytochemicals. And as of May 2008, brown-rice labels are allowed to bear the whole-grain health claim, indicating that the consumption of brown rice can help prevent heart disease and certain cancers.
Versatile rice is popular across the globe, used in everything from sushi to risotto to pudding. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a saucy stir-fry. Or stir rice into your favorite soup to make it more substantial. On chilly evenings, add some cooked rice to your favorite meatloaf recipe to increase fiber. When the weather gets warmer, rice is the perfect base for a cool salad with fresh vegetables and herbs. Whatever your preference, brown rice is an easy and delicious way to include whole grains in your diet.