Welcome to Revitalive’s Pick of the Week!
Every Monday, Revitalive will be posting about one of the ingredients we use at our café or in our juices. In this inaugural week, we are highlighting brown rice, the basis of most of the hot bowls we offer at the café.
It may not sound as exotic as quinoa, it may never be finished cooking in time for dinner, and you may have been forced to eat it at some point in your childhood when you were hoping for spaghetti, but brown rice is exactly what you knew all along: good for you.
Rice was first cultivated in China thousands of years ago and continues to be a staple food there and throughout southeast Asia. It is now grown in over 100 countries, including the United States – in several southern states and in California.
Brown rice is packed with nutrients, most of which are in the rice bran – the outer layer of a rice kernal – as well as in the germ (see the diagram below). The nutrients that brown rice has high amounts of include: manganese, dietary fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, iron, fatty acids, and more than 70 antioxidants. In the production of white rice, the bran and the germ are removed, leaving only the starchy endosperm. The endosperm has some of the same nutrients as the bran, but in smaller quantities, and it contains no fiber or fatty acids. White rice therefore is significantly less nutritious than brown rice, and because it lacks fiber, it can cause a spike in blood sugar levels and will not satisfy hunger for too long.
The potential health benefits of regular brown rice consumption include:
- Lowering cholesterol
- Lowering blood pressure
- Balancing blood sugar
- Reducing weight
- Reducing the risk of colon cancer
Revitalive uses organic brown rice produced in the United States. Buying organic ensures that the rice is grown without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and that it is farmed using sustainable practices that keep the soil healthy. Certified organic products are also guaranteed to be non-GMO. (Fortunately, there is currently no genetically modified rice on the market, but varieties are being developed.) If organic rice is not available, Revitalive buys “eco-farmed” rice, which avoids the worst chemicals, is certified non-GMO, and still uses sustainable farming practices. At Revitalive Café, brown rice can be found in the following menu items:
- Curry Bowl
- Chili Bowl
- Asian Bowl
- Macro Bowl
- Black Bean Bowl
- Sweet & Sour Bowl
Stop by the café for a delicious and nutrient-rich rice bowl!
——————————————————————————————————————- Rice diagram: http://www.ayurtimes.com/rice-bran-oil-benefits/ Rice photo: http://www.andreabalt.com/vegan-foodporn-turmeric-brown-rice-superpowers/ References: Cambridge World History of Food: http://www.cambridge.org/us/books/kiple/rice.htm Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford Lundberg Family Farms: http://www.lundberg.com/Commitment/Ecofarmed.aspx Mother Jones: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/08/what-are-gmos-and-why-should-i-care Pesticide Action Network: http://www.panna.org/blog/roundup-roundup-everywhere Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/ SF Gate: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/wholegrain-brown-rice-good-carb-6214.html World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=128