Are Brown Foods Really Better?

Brown and White RiceBrown rice vs. white rice is one of the main food debates today. Eating brown foods automatically makes your diet healthier, right?

Not necessarily.

So which brown foods matter the most?

Brown Sugar vs. White Sugar: Not really. Raw sugar, which looks brown, undergoes less processing than white sugar or brown sugar. The major differences between turbinado sugar, otherwise known as “natural” or “raw” sugar, and white sugar are the size of crystals and the presence of molasses, which gives darker sugar its color. Otherwise they have about the same amount of calories and carbohydrates, says Jo-Anne Rizzotto, M.S., R.D., former education specialist at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Your best bet is to reduce the amount of sugar you intake and maybe even substitute with raw honey.

Brown Rice vs. White Rice: Yes. Brown rice is a whole grain. That means it contains all parts of the grain — including the fibrous bran, the nutritious germ and the carb-rich endosperm. White rice, on the other hand, has had the bran and germ removed, which are the most nutritious parts of the grain. This leaves white rice with very few essential nutrients, which is why brown rice is usually considered much healthier than white.

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