Question:

I have read an article in Korean newspaper saying that brown rice is not good for you. I thought brown rice is much healthier than white (regular rice) is it true?

– Caroline

Answer:

Below are the nutritional values of brown rice compared to enriched white rice for 100 grams cooked rice. Overall, the brown rice offers more of the nutrients that we need (fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc) with slightly fewer calories. Because it is enriched, white rice does offer more folate and iron. Neither have Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, or cholesterol.

Nutrient values as per standard reference (non-branded) in the USDA Food Comparison Database, (release 28), some values rounded.

– Debbie J., MS, RD

This article should not replace any exercise program or restrictions, any dietary supplements or restrictions, or any other medical recommendations from your primary care physician. Before starting any exercise program or diet, make sure it is approved by your doctor.

Some questions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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