Health benefits of consuming whole brown rice

Health benefits of consuming whole brown rice

In macrobiotic diet, whole brown rice and other cereals or grain products are recommended for daily use. They comprise about 50% by cooked volume of the daily food intake.

The proportion may vary according to individual physical conditions, climate and environmental factors. In the case of digestive disorders, the consumption of whole grains may need to be increased to 70 to 80 percent for several days. In the case of intensive mental activity, it may need to be adjusted to 60 to 70 percent for a short period of time. On social occasions, it may be reduced to less than 50% with more variety of side dishes. During intensive spiritual training, 60 to 80 percent may be needed for short duration.

For regular consumption, whole grains and grain products should be unrefined and organic in quality, avoiding as much as possible the use of petroleum, chemicals or other artificial ingredients in fertilizers, pesticides, preservatives and other sprays.

There are three different types of brown rice grown around the world. Short- grain rice is the smallest and hardiest of the three, and contains the most minerals and a high amount of protein. It is naturally sweet to the taste. Medium- grain rice is slightly larger and cooks up slightly softer and more moist. Long-grain rice is light and fluffy when cooked. It is most suitable for consumption for Malaysians and people in Southeast Asia and sub-tropical regions.

DSCN8055There is another type of rice called sweet rice. It is stickier than regular brown rice and slightly sweeter to the taste. It is primarily used in making mochi (a kind of Japanese rice cake), amazake (a kind of concentrated grain sweetener), cookies, crackers and others.

Nutritional Value
Whole brown rice is unpolished with the bran intact. It contains a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat and vitamins and minerals ideally suited for human consumption. It also provides more energy and calories than any other food substances. As a result, a lesser volume of food is ordinary required on a grain-centered diet than on other diets. The complex carbohydrates in whole grains are gradually and smoothly assimilated through the digestive organs, providing a slow and steady source of energy to the cells and tissues. In the mouth, an enzyme in saliva initiates pre-digestive activity and is the principal reason why all foods, especially whole grains should be thoroughly chewed. In contract to the gradual burning of complex carbohydrates in grains, the predominantly simple carbohydrates in fruits, milk and other dairy food, sugar, honey and other highly refined sweeteners, burn faster, contributing to rapid and uneven digestions, fluctuations in levels of physical activity and changeable thoughts and emotions.

DSCN8105A diet centered on whole brown rice and cereal grains is beneficial for the elimination of excessive fats and mucus, reducing body weight, and regaining physical and mental flexibility. These effects contributes to the prevention and relief of many other diseases and illnesses in addition to cancer and heart disease including diabetes, arthritis, asthma, Parkinson’s disease, chronic skin disorders. It has also been found that macrobiotic people can heal themselves faster from injury, burns, surgery and most other forms of accidental harm on account of their increased natural immunity and resistances to infection. Hearing loss has also been shown to be improved when people were taken off a high-fat diet and put on a balance macrobiotic diet.

Overtime, the regular consumption of whole brown rice and cereal grains as principal food will secure the following benefits to preserve physical and psychological health:

  1. better digestion and elimination
  2. better blood constituents and circulatory functions
  3. better nervous system functioning including that of the brain
  4. better natural immunity to infection and disease
  5. better hormonal functions
  6. better reproductive system
  7. better mental clarity, psychological stability, and peacefulness in human relations.
  8. Strengthen physical and mental endurance
  9. heightened awareness of the environment and natural world
  10. deeper spiritual insight and aspiration

IMG_8296I wish to recommend for your daily consumption, the Cambodian long-grain brown rice, which has the most balance nutrients with good calming and grounding energy.

Posted by June Ka Lim, macrobiotic counselor
April 2014

Reference: Macrobiotic Diet by Michio and Aveline Kushi

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