Greetings Clean Eaters,
Before we get into the pros of Organic / Natural rice, let’s learn about different types of rice currently available in the market.
VARIETIES OF RICE:
- LONG-GRAIN ~ Long & Slim, about four to five times longer than its width. This grain will stay fluffy, firm, and distinct when it’s cooked. Long-grain rice includes Brown-, Basmati-, & Jasmine- Rice.
- MEDIUM- GRAIN~ Shorter, wider than long-grain, size is about two to three times longer than its width. After it was cooked, the rice texture would be soft, moist, sticky (but, not much clumping). Medium-grain includes Arborio & Valencia rice, which are commonly used to make risotto & paella.
- SHORT GRAIN~ Short, slightly longer than its’ width. This type of rice will turn out soft and clumpy when it’s cooked. Best used to make sushi, pudding & molded food.
- BROWN RICE ~ To produce this rice, ONLY the outermost layer, known as the hull, is removed. This procedure causes the LEAST damage to its nutritional value , and also, avoided unnecessary & further loss of nutrients that would occur if it undergoes further processing.
- BASMATI ~ Mainly comes from Northern India and Pakistan. This rice has abundance of nutritional value especially Low Gluten, High Energy food, Higher Fibre Content, Rich in Vitamins.
- RED RICE~ This long-grain rice has the same nutritional value as brown rice. The grain gets its’ red color from an antioxidant known as anthocyanin (also found in purple / red coloured vegetables & fruits). Anthocyanin could help reduce inflammation, allergy, prevent cancer & aid weight loss. Once it’s cooked, it has a nutty, complex flavor.
- BLACK RICE~ Once known as the “Forbidden” rice as it was served to the royals in China back then. This grain is rich in Fibre, Loaded with antioxidant, Phytonutrients, Low in Sugar (Suitable to be served to diabetic patients & High blood pressure patients.)
- WHITE RICE~ White rice is the final product of the further processed Brown rice. It contains mainly starch, as the process destroyed 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, all dietary fibre & essential fatty acids found in brown rice. However, white rice is still being consumed by large population due to its soft texture & aroma. Hence, it is advisable to mix white rice with other grains.