Whether it is for lunch and dinner or special recipes on occasions like birthday and marriages, rice is almost always a part of the menu for over 50 per cent of Indians. Rice, however, is not white in its original form. It is the process of milling brown rice seeds and polishing them that white rice is produced. Brown rice contains the bran or the outer layer of the rice which is rich in vitamins and minerals that milling destroys White rice thus, is just brown rice with most of the beneficial nutrients removed and is thus less healthy. Below we share five health benefits of brown rice.
1. Reduced diabetes risk
Brown rice is high in dietary fibre content and other essential nutrients. It has got a lower glycaemic index than white rice. The higher the glycaemic index, the higher the chances of an increase in blood glucose levels. Raised blood glucose levels lead to diabetes. So, brown rice reduces such risks.
2. Lowers cholesterol
Brown rice contains essential amino acids such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which stops blood cholesterol levels from rising. LDL or bad cholesterol levels were reduced in those who consumed brown rice.
3. Prevents weight gain
Due to its high fibre content, brown rice takes longer to digest. This cuts down the frequency of hunger and prevents gaining of excess weight from oily or sugary foods. Weight gain encourages the development of type 2 diabetes. Those suffering from diabetes are more likely to develop heart disease.
4. Protects the heart
Studies have found evidence that brown rice may help improve the health of the heart and the blood vessels. It is rich in B vitamins like B1 (thiamine), and magnesium. Deficiency of these two is associated with heart failure and heart attacks.
Brown rice contains a natural compound named Inositol hexaphosphate or IP6. This is used in the treatment of cancers of the breast, liver, colon and blood. Studies have shown that a higher percentage of dietary fibre offers protection against breast and colorectal cancers. The polyphenols present in brown rice have antioxidant properties which prevent oxidative damage to cells.
Veteran Filmmaker Rahul Rawail Gets Vaccinated Against Covid-19 in Mumbai
Veteran Filmmaker Rahul Rawail was seen at the jumbo Covid facility in BKC, Mumbai, where the 69 year old received his first dose of vaccine against Covid- 19. While many of his peers from Bollywood are still contemplating whether they should take the vaccine shot or not, Rawail known for films like Arjun and Betaab walked straight into the vaccination center in BKC on 1st March to get vaccinated.
When we caught up with the veteran, this is what he had to say about his experience “This morning I got a call from David Dhawan saying ‘I heard you are taking the vaccine today, are you taking it today?’ I said yes. David said he will take it after two weeks, I told him what’s the point…..I didn’t even feel the pinch when I was administered the vaccine. I would prefer Covisheild over Covaxin. My doctor told me that I can go straight to the airport after the vaccine.”
Rawail who also plays an important part as a head of jury at for one of the categories at the prestigious International Indian Film Festival of India or IFFI also revealed how he had to cut his travel plans due to Covid restrictions and fear of catching the bug at his age, he said “ In this one year I traveled only for one day to goa for IFFI as there was pressure on me to come but my family didn’t want me to travel in this situation. I still went for the festival with mask, shield and gloves. Luckily nothing happened but now with this dose that fear has gone. I would ask my sons close friends parents who are elderly like me whom I will ask to come and take the vaccine. I will ask David Dhawan, my friend, to come and take a jab immediately . I will call up all the people whom I can and ask them to take this vaccine”
Now we hope Rawail inspires more seniors from-town to come and take the jab in days to come.
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