Rice: Calories & Nutrition Facts
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The nutritional value of rice varies from one kind to another, so refer to the calorie calculator for your favorite type of rice to determine its calories and nutrition facts.
White vs. BrownWhen it comes to rice, there are many different varieties to consider but white rice and brown rice are two of the most popular varieties. While both white and brown rice offer good nutritional value, there are key differences between the two. White rice is made from brown rice but it has had the bran and germ removed – this takes away some of the fiber content as well as some of the vitamin and mineral content. Brown rice has twice as much phosphorus and manganese as white rice and 3 to 10 times the quantity of certain B vitamins.
Vitamin and Mineral FortificationBecause white rice loses some of its nutritional value in processing, food manufacturers often try to add some of those nutrients back. Many people rinse white rice to reduce its starch content and to improve the taste and texture. Unfortunately, rinsing the rice will result in the loss of those fortified nutrients. Rinsing or soaking brown rice, on the other hand, will not result in a loss of nutrients. In fact, soaking brown rice in warm water for 20 minutes stimulated germination which activates certain enzymes that actually improve the nutritional value of the rice.
The health benefits of rice vary from one type to another. Certain types of rice are much higher in fiber, for example, and some types of rice are high in antioxidants. Refer to the calorie counter for your favorite type of rice to determine its calories and nutrition facts.