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    8 Types Of Indian Rice & Their Benefits

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    Rice is an important part of every Indian's diet. There are various types of Indian rice that are healthy and nutritious. Some of the health benefits of the different types of Indian rice are mentioned in this article. White rice and basmati rice are two common types of Indian rice. The health benefits of these two types of Indian rice are strangely the same. Basmati rice is thinner and easily digestible in comparison to normal white rice. Jasmine rice is also a much preferred rice due to its unique flavour. It helps in cleansing your body as it removes toxins.

    Another type of Indian rice is brown rice, which has multiple health benefits. Brown rice is mostly eaten by people who are on a weight loss programme. Brown rice has less amount of calories and higher metabolism.

    The nutrient contents is higher in sticky rice compared to white and parboiled rice. But, the only disadvantage in preparing sticky rice is that it is time consuming.

    Here are some of the health benefits of the Indian rice we consume daily. Take a look at these health benefits of eating different types of Indian rice.

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    White Rice

    One of the main health benefits of this Indian rice is the energy it provides. White rice is the easiest food to digest at any time of the day, which is why it is recommended for children and adults. The other good aspect of white rice is that it helps in relieving digestive disorders such as diarrhoea, dysentery, colitis and even morning sickness.

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    Brown Rice

    The best Indian rice to consume is brown rice. This type of rice has endless benefits which will keep you fit and active. It has less starch, less calories and much more. Brown rice is also an excellent source of soluble fibre. The oil present in this rice is good to reduce bad cholesterol.

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    Red Rice

    Not many are fond of red rice. However, if you want to stay healthy and fit, red rice is your answer. Consuming this Indian rice helps to keep your iron count normal. It also regulates blood sugar and insulin. Besides, red rice contains vitamin B6, which is important to balance the formation of serotonin and red blood cells. It also helps in the production of DNA cells.

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    Sticky Rice

    The copper in sticky rice keeps your connective tissue strong. It supports your immune system and promotes healthy brain function.

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    Parboiled Rice

    Parboiled rice is beneficial for those who are suffering from diabetes. One cup of cooked parboiled rice supplies 2 to 3 percent of the recommended daily intake of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

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    Black Rice

    Black rice is good for health. It is helpful for patients who are suffering from Alzheimer's and diabetes. The anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants present in black rice is higher than in any other type of Indian rice.

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    Basmati Rice

    One cup of basmati rice contains about 20 percent more fibre compared to most of the other Indian types of rice. It is also said that basmati rice has a low to medium glycaemic index. It means that the energy released is slower and comes at a steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of energy.

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    Jasmine Rice

    One of the best health benefits of this Indian type of rice is that it helps to lessen muscle pain in the body due to the presence of high amino acids.

    Read more about: health wellness
    Story first published: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 20:31 [IST]
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