What's the difference between brown vs. white rice?

The reason that brown rice has won favor is that it's a whole grain while white rice is a refined grain.

Whole grains consist of three parts — the bran, the germ, and the endosperm," explains Maya Feller, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., a Brooklyn-based nutritionist and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition.

There is nothing inherently wrong with eating white rice. Contrary to what most people think, white rice does have nutrition.

For some quick background, the bran is the outer layer of a grain, which is the part that contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals according to the Harvard School of Public Health. 

The endosperm is the starchy middle layer that contains some protein and vitamins, while the germ is the innermost layer that contains vitamins and healthy fats. 

"Refined grains have the bran and germ removed, which also removes some nutrients and fiber," explains Feller.

brown rice has one more gram of fiber and some more nutrients, diet culture elevated it," says Soto. 

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