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Basmati vs. Brown Rice

Question: "What is the nutritional difference between basmati and brown rice?"—Cooking Light reader, via e-mail

Answer: Brown rice is a nutritional rock star in the rice family. Fragrant white basmati rice is delicious but less nutritious. That's because brown rice and other colorful rices are considered whole grain; white basmati isn't because it has gone through processing, which strips away some of the whole-grain goodness. Even though brown rice doesn't contain much fiber, it still provides the nutritional trifecta of a whole grain: the bran, germ, and endosperm, which supply good-for-you nutrients. Whole-grain brown basmati, by the way, is a tasty choice.

See more: All About Rice

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