By Alon Calinao Dy: Brown rice, a nutritious food rich in calcium, thiamine, selenium, vitamin B complex and other nutrients, is not very popular food in the Philippines. Many Filipinos love to serve and eat white rice every time they have food on the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You usually limit rice intake because you consider it "Unhealthy" if you consume more than a cup per day. Often, when you think about white rice, you also think about carbohydrate or sugar. While it is true that consumption of white rice contains simple sugars, it also holds some nutrients.
Unlike white rice, brown rice is still the excellent food choice by most healthy people and vegans. The problem is that it is not the best selling product for majority of consumers since cooking brown rice can be a little tricky and is not delicious than white rice.
What are the health benefits?
Numerous studies show that brown rice is rich in fiber, which promotes weight loss. This is the ideal food for diabetic people since this food is helpful in lowering sugar levels.
Secondly, brown rice is considered whole grain, which lowers the risk of heart disease and reduces constipation problem as it is high in fiber. It is known a healthy diet that may avoid chronic diseases such as asthma, arthritis, colorectal cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.
Thirdly, brown rice contains abundant antioxidants. Nowadays, there are commercial health products that are available in different drugstores. There is one product called Protandim, a supplement that is approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, is said to be effective medicine in adding antioxidants to your body. These antioxidants that we get from eating brown rice, avocado, apple, pineapple, dragon fruit, banana, and other fruits are essential for our health and well-being to fight aging and free radicals that cause incurable cancers later on.
Lastly, brown rice is rich in manganese that helps the body synthesize fats. It is important in human health. According to Wikipedia, "The human body contains about 12 mg of manganese, which is stored mainly concentrated in the bones, in the tissues, it is mostly concentrated in the liver and kidneys." Therefore, this trace nutrient is vitally important to all living organisms. This food also has natural substance that helps maintain proper weight and lowers bad cholesterol, which aids to reduce the build up of arterial plaque.
In the coming years, I expect many consumers are going to select brown rice than white rice because it is clearly a healthy choice of staple food. I am witness of this miracle product since I started eating this food a few years back I I have maintained my ideal weight. I always have a yearly check-up for my health; so far, all laboratory test results are perfectly normal. Thanks God.
Indeed, I would recommend this food to everyone since this food is guaranteed healthy and a formula for a healthy lifestyle.