Brown rice is staple for vegans and vegetarians because it’s filling and inexpensive. It also contains a good dose of protein (5g per cooked cup) and fiber (3.5g per cooked cup), which helps reduce blood glucose and blood insulin levels. In a recent study at Harvard University School of Public Health, researchers found that by eating 50g of brown rice a day, people can reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 16 percent. “Brown rice is also an excellent source of two very important antioxidants, selenium and manganese, which, among other things, prevent free radical damage, attack cancer cells and repair DNA,” Elkaim says.
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