Does brown rice have less carbs than white rice?
Brown rice and white rice have roughly the same amount of carbs per serving. They have about the same amount of calories per serving as well. For carb counting purposes, we generally say a serving of 1/3 cup cooked rice has about 15 grams of carbohydrate. Of course, you should always double check the nutrition facts label for the best estimation of carbohydrate grams and calories.
The difference between brown and white rice is that brown rice is a whole grain and white rice is not. Whole grains include the entire grain, while the more processed grains like white rice have some parts of the grain (most of the germ and bran) removed. Whole grain foods have more fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Grains are starchy foods that will raise your blood glucose. The American Diabetes Association recommends choosing whole grain foods over more refined, less nutritious flours and grains as much as possible. That way, when you choose to include starchy foods in your meal plan, you are reaping as many nutrition benefits as possible.
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