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Which site lists rice (found in North America's store shelves) from healthiest to least healthy?

Asked by flo (12974points) April 24th, 2015

Is there one site that lists them all from most healthy to least healthy? *It is not this site for example.

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Uasal's avatar

I doubt it, as the word “healthy” can’t exactly be quantified by scale. Is there a particular thing you’re shooting for? Low calorie? Complex carbs only? High protein?

flo's avatar

No I’m not shooting for anything in particular, just all in all, good for the average person with no special need.

flo's avatar

@snowberry Thanks but that one seems to be more about arsenic etc. Maybe there is one that listing them, something that averages them all out.

Afos22's avatar

Healthy how?

Buttonstc's avatar

There are basically two categories of rice; white rice and brown rice.

Obviously, brown rice is the healthiest because it’s the least processed. Therefore, it still has part of the husk which gives added fiber and makes it a slower digesting carbohydrate (MUCH better particularly for diabetics; but also better for the rest of us because the slower a carb is to digest, the least the swings in blood sugar levels which is healthier overall).

But aside from that distinction (brown vs. white) the other type designations (basmati, jasmine, etc.) aren’t related to health because they can all be either left as minimally processed (brown rice) or fully polished into white rice.

Their derivation names are more related to flavor than to health. For instance, Basmati is highly regarded because of it’s fragrant “nutty” aroma.

flo's avatar

@Buttonstc I didn’tput it in the Tag, but how about Wild rice?

Uasal's avatar

Wild rice isn’t actually rice.

flo's avatar
“Did you know that wild rice isn’t a rice at all? It’s actually the seed of a long-grain marsh grass…”
And in the same paragraph:

“Like brown rice, wild rice is chewy, nutty and full of flavor. Some people even say they detect a bit of a smoky taste. Wild rice lends itself well to rich and hearty dishes, like mushrooms, wild game and even poultry.”

flo's avatar

I’m not familiar with those 2 links by the way.

Anyway so confusing. If wild rice is not rice why do they call it rice, and why put it in the same place as all the other rice in the shelf?

Uasal's avatar

To make people buy it. If they called it “Marsh Grass Seeds”, who would buy them?

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