Tuesday 23 January 2018

Wild Rice is Healthier Than Brown and White (And More Flavorful!)

Wild rice is considered the most decadent of all the grains with its distinctive, earthy flavor. Move over brown and white rice—wild rice has an extra nutritional punch that makes it a clear winner.

Good Source of Antioxidants

We need antioxidants to help reduce the risk of several diseases, including cancer. Wild rice is very high in antioxidants according to the research at the University of Minnesota.
An analysis of 11 different samples of wild rice at the University of Manitoba, in Canada, found that it has 30 times more antioxidants than white rice.

Beneficial for the Heart

Long-term consumption of wild rice in studies had cardiovascular benefits due to its lipid-lowering properties.
Although there is little research on wild rice, 45 studies found that those who ate whole grains had less heart disease.

Reduces Plaque in Arteries

It was also found that eating at least 6 servings of whole grains a week reduced the buildup of plaque in arteries in postmenopausal women. 

May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Eating whole grains like wild rice lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes by 20–30 percent according to research. Eating whole grains is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes but eating refined grains such as white rice is associated with an increased risk according to 16 studies. 

High in Protein with Less Calories

Wild rice has 40 percent more protein and about 30 percent fewer calories than brown rice. The protein in wild rice contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein which is great for vegetarians and vegans.


It is gluten-free like brown rice, millet and quinoa.  


Being low in calories and high in nutrients makes wild rice a nutrient-dense food.
1 cup of cooked wild rice has 166 calories, 6.5 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, 13 percent of the DV for manganese, 15 percent of the DV for zinc, 13 percent of the DV for magnesium, 13 percent of the DVs for phosphorus and also small amounts of iron, potassium and selenium. For full nutrition detail go to Wild Rice Nutrition. 

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