In India where millions depend on rice, the process of parboiling rice was discovered. Uncle Ben’s later copied this process and termed it “converted rice.” This process involves steaming it before the final stages of processing. This drives some of the vitamins and minerals into the inner layers before the outer layers are removed. The result is “white rice” but with more nutrients. (Personally I don’t like the taste of parboiled rice.)
Sprouted or Germinated Brown Rice
Germinated brown rice is more digestible and the sprouting process greatly increases certain nutrients. Germinated brown rice has twice the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) of regular brown rice, and 10 times the GABA of white rice.
GABA promotes fat loss by stimulating the production of Human Growth Hormone; increases the sleep cycle, giving deeper rest; boosts the immune system; lowers blood pressure; inhibits development of cancer cells and assists the treatment of anxiety disorders.
Which Rice to Eat
If you are a reasonably healthy* individual living in North America** or any western country, then there is no question that brown rice and germinated brown rice are much healthier. They are both power foods!
* If you are very weak and your digestion is very sensitive, then high fiber diets may bother you.
** Most North Americans get more than enough protein. Protein deficiency is practically unheard of here and our custom health testing shows that while 22 percent of individuals need more available amino acids it is usually a digestion problem, not a quantity problem.
Just be careful, though, that your brown rice is not rancid. Putting rancid fats into your system more than negates any benefit you might get from the other nutrients.
Buy small quantities from a source you trust and do a smell test before each cooking. Keep it refrigerated or use other preservation methods.
Brown Rice Recipes:
Luxurious Brown Rice Pudding: sugar free and dairy free, you can make this fast in a saucepan
Ginger Cake: Made with brown rice flour, this is also vegan (dairy free & egg free), white sugar free and gluten free.
Which rice do you eat and why? Please comment below. If you eat brown rice, how do you keep it fresh?