Like what bread is to the French, white rice is to Asians. In fact, so many of us grew up on it that as much as we can, we have to include at least a bowl in as many of our meals as possible.
While it used to be a great source of carbohydrates for those working under the sun day in and day out, white-collar workers are starting to notice the not so attractive effects of the sedentary office work lifestyle combined with white rice at every meal. And because of that, a few healthier substitutes have been discovered to aid with weight loss and to also keep our body systems healthy and clean.
If you are wondering what some of these healthier substitutes are, here are 3 to consider having in your next meal.
#1 Brown rice
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As compared to white rice, brown rice is a whole grain, which means that it’s the entire grain. And it is healthier because it contains a whole lot more of nutrients and fiber.
If you didn’t know, brown rice is rich in selenium, which reduces the risk for developing common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis. It is also high in manganese, which helps the body synthesize fats and benefits our nervous and reproductive systems. Brown rice is also rich in naturally occurring oils and anti-oxidants and of course, weight loss as it is full of fiber and much more easier to digest.
If you thought brown rice is healthy as healthy as you can get, quinoa is an even healthier option. A complete protein, quinoa is packed with more awesome nutrients as compared to brown rice.
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A serving of quinoa has 12 percent of your daily-recommended intake of essential B vitamins, which help to produce energy and fight off harmful free radicals. A cup has 10 percent of your daily-recommended value of folate as compared to the two percent found in brown rice. Quinoa also has a higher percentage of iron and zinc than brown rice, with zinc being necessary for a healthy functioning immune system.
#3 Cauliflower rice
Probably one of the newest health food fads of our time, cauliflower rice is basically cauliflower diced up to look like rice and then used in replacement of it in a supposed rice dish. Besides being grain-free, gluten-free and nutrient-dense, this is a great way to eat “rice” without all the carbs.
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Above all that, cauliflower can also help prevent cancer and detox our body and remove toxins. It also has antioxidant properties, as it is a good source of vitamin C and a very good source of manganese. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits as it is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is a direct regulator of our inflammatory response. Last but not least. Cauliflower also supports the digestive system as it is a good source of fiber and sulforaphane, which helps protect the lining of your stomach.