Short Grain Brown Rice- the miracle food


 Short grain brown rice is one of the most amazing foods I have come across, not only is it extremely nutritious but it also has this magic effect on the body, it literally cleans you from the inside out. For anyone who finds their digestion sluggish or whose system is constipated, this is the food to try. It is so gentle in its effect that it’s perfect to give to children who are constipated, which unfortunately is a growing problem.

Rice is one of the most absorbent carbohydrates in our diet. It also doesn’t seem to give rise to the allergic reactions and intolerances that many wheat based carbohydrates cause. Being absorbent, it acts like a sponge for the intestines. As rice travels through the gut it collects all the waste on the way and then flushes it out. Short grain rice is the most absorbent kind, if you can’t find short grain brown rice then brown long grain or wild rice are the next best options.

Short grain brown rice is one of the most full-flavoured rices and is an excellent source of whole grain. After cooking, the grains are soft and cling together. Because of these properties, this rice is especially suitable in recipes where a creamy texture is desired, such as puddings, paella, and risotto.

The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 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, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice needs to be “enriched” with vitamins B1, B3 and iron.

One cup of brown rice also supplies the following nutrients:

Nutrient          Amount       %DailyValue

Manganese    1.76 mg           88.0                           excellent

Selenium      19.11 mcg         27.3                           good

Magnesium  83.85 mg         21.0                            good

tryptophan    0.06 g             18.8                            good


For a great recipe using short grain brown rice, look no further than my Butternut Squash Risotto– delicious!

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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