Health benefits of different types of Indian rice

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 20, 2015

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A variety of rice grows in India and each has plenty of health benefits to offer. Know which type you should have.
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    Rice is an integral part of Indian diet

    India is a land of variety and this holds true for its rice too–we have many varieties of rice and each kind is healthy and nutritious. The two most common types of Indian rice are plain white and basmati rice and they pose strangely the same benefits. But, apart from these popular varieties, even the uncommon ones have a lot to offer.

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    White Rice

    Energy is the main health benefit of eating white rice. It can be easily digested and so it is also recommended as feed for children. It also provides relief from digestive disorders such as diarrhoea, dysentery, colitis and nausea. That’s the reason why people with an upset stomach are fed rice water.

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    Brown Rice

    The ones mindful about their health should consume brown rice, which has endless benefits to keep you fit and active. It contains less starch and calories and more soluble fibre. Its natural oil helps reduce bad cholesterol too. Do you still need more reasons to eat Indian brown rice?

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    Red Rice

    Red rice doesn’t have an appealing taste, but the flavour grows on you after you have had it several times. Red rice is a blessing in disguise for all those people who love to eat rice, but still want to be healthy and fit. It helps you keep your iron levels up and regulates blood sugar and insulin. This means that even diabetics can have a certain amount of it if their doctor gives a nod. Also, red rice is a rich source of vitamin B6, which essentially balances formation of serotonin and red blood cells. It also helps in the production of DNA cells.

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    Black Rice

    Black rice helps patients with Alzheimer’s and diabetes. Its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants content is higher than in any other type of Indian rice.

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