Excerpt from The Star Malaysia - 24 Nov 2015
WHITE rice is rice that has had its hull, bran and germ removed. Since the bran contains small amount of oil that can turn rancid, rice are often polished to prolong its shelf- life.
However, this process also strips the rice of essential nutrients. Unpolished rice or brown rice has its bran and germ intact and is considered a wholegrain option with higher nutrition value.
There is a variety of brown rice available in the market and generally has a nutty flavour and chewy texture when cooked.
Both white and brown rice contain similar amounts of energy, carbohydrates and protein.
However, brown rice contains higher amounts of vitamins and minerals.
The bran of brown rice does not only provide high fibre content but also a variety of colour pigments that may be beneficial to health.
Given that the varieties of brown rice contain different amounts of nutrients and colour pigments, it is good to include a variety of them in your diet.
Consuming a diet rich in wholegrains such as brown rice is beneficial to health as it may lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers as well as help in weight management.
Consumers can also get a variety of texture depending on the different types of rice they choose.
How to store rice
Brown rice comes as short, medium or long grains. Long grain rice tends to be more light and fluffy and separates when cooked.
On the other hand, medium and short grains tend to cling together and are more chewy and tender when cooked.
For your convenience and daily practical purposes, Serba Wangi is proud to present its new innovation – ecoBrown’s Gold and ecoBrown’s Instant Brown Rice Beverage, a premix of three- in- one of brown, red and black rice, which makes it convenient and easy for you to consume three different types of wholegrain rice.
ecoBrown’s Brown Rice Beverage is formulated as a highly nutritious beverage that offers the natural goodness of three specialty rice grains for a wholesome diet – combination of 100% natural brown rice, red rice and black rice ground to perfection.
To cook ecoBrown’s Gold rice, here is a guideline of the ideal water- to- rice ratio, soaking time and cooking time: – Add three cups of water for every cup of ecoBrown’s Gold into the rice cooker. • Softer rice – Pre- soak the rice for 15 minutes to one hour before cooking or add more water and simmer for a longer time. Firmer rice – Add less water and simmer for a shorter time
To cook rice the usual way
– Add 10 cups of water for every cup of ecoBrown’s Gold into the rice cooker and boil for about 45 to 50 minutes.
Source: Health Promotion Board of Singapore