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What is the difference between white rice and basmati rice?

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Sep 17, 2021
Edited By
Jinwoo Cheon
Sep 17, 2021
Edited By
Jinwoo Cheon
White rice and basmati rice are almost similar as they are both refined grains that have had the bran and germ removed. For this reason, white rice and white basmati rice are lower in fiber and nutrients compared to brown rice and other whole grains.
  • Both regular white rice and white basmati rice are refined grains that have had the bran and germ removed. For this reason, white rice and white basmati rice are lower in fiber and nutrients compared to brown rice and other whole grains.
  • Due to low fiber and high carb content, both rice varieties may cause insulin and blood sugar spikes. In the long run, these may increase your risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. These conditions are major risk factors for heart disease.
  • Since white rice is low in fiber, it’s unlikely to cause bloating and stomach pain. Unlike brown rice, it doesn’t contain phytic acid and other anti-nutrients that reduce mineral absorption.
  • White rice can be a good source of carbs when consumed in moderation. Serve it with lean beef, poultry, or other high-protein foods to slow down carbohydrate absorption into your system.
  • Quinoa, amaranth, sweet potatoes, oats, and other high-carb foods are a lot healthier and more nutritious than basmati or white rice.
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