Weight Loss and Reduced Metabolic problems:
Eating whole grains with lots of fiber, like brown rice has been shown to assist in weight reduction plus the ability to keep the weight off! Refined grains are now being linked not only to weight gain but to diabetes (type two) and metabolic syndrome.
A study at Louisiana State University showed that rice bran and rice bran oil reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol.
In macrobiotics, brown rice has the most balanced energy in terms of yin and yang.
” I was amazed how balanced I felt being on a macrobiotic diet and not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. I have also never seen a more slender group of people than when I went to a macrobiotic camp!” –Diana Herrington
Unique Powerful Phytonutrients:
All whole grains have bound phytonutrients which are released by the action of intestinal bacteria. These unique substances have health-promoting activity equal to or higher to than that of free form phytonutrients found in vegetables and fruits. Just one example is a lignin called enterolactone, that is thought to protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.
* One main reason brown rice is processed is to increase its storage time. The essential oils go rancid after 6 – 8 months. White rice lasts up to 10 years.
* The protein in white rice has also been shown to be more available. This is important in parts of the world where rice is the main source of calories, particularly since rice is not a high protein food to begin with.
* It is for this reason also that white rice is used for weak and convalescent people. White rice’s lack of fiber is more acceptable to someone with a weak digestion and system.
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