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White and Brown Rice

What is the difference between white and brown rice besides the color? How do I prepare it?
White and Brown Rice

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You’ve probably heard this: “Make half your grains whole grains.” Brown rice is a whole-grain food. Brown rice has the bran layer still on the grain. Eating more whole grains helps protect us from heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Brown rice has more fiber than white rice, so it helps us feel “fuller.”

You will find all the different kinds of rice near each other in most grocery stores. Brown rice may cost a little more than white rice. You might find three different sizes of brown rice in some grocery stores: long grain, medium grain and short grain. When you cook long-grain rice, the grains remain light and do not stick together. Short-grain rice tends to stick together after it is cooked.

For best results, follow the cooking directions on the package. Brown rice usually takes about twice as much time to cook (40 to 45 minutes), compared with white rice (15 to 20 minutes).

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise November 2013 (PDF)

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