White and brown rice come from the same grain, from the same plant. The former is more refined and gives better taste, while the latter is usually considered to be a healthier option. In fact, there isn’t quite an advantage of choosing the white rice over the brown one, barring the price. Because of the refining process, the white rice looses many of the nutrients and minerals, which are then replaced by synthetic supplements so they could have at least some nutritional value. Brown rice doesn’t have these problems, and some of the benefits of eating it are listed below.
1. Improves heart health
Brown rice contains phytonutrient that is abundant in whole grain plants called lignan (not lignin, it is something different). Lignan, when consumed frequently, leads to lower risk of heart diseases. Brown rice is also rich in selenium, an element that also helps heart. These properties help reduce the plaque buildup within arteries, decreasing the high blood pressure and preventing atherosclerosis.