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A 22-year-old female asked:

Is brown rice good for weight loss? or is it better if you eat no rice at all?

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Greg Hinson
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Moderation: You can lose weight eating candy, and gain weight eating vegetables. They key is to choose good, nutrient-rich foods (and brown rice is better in this regard than white rice), eat a good variety, and eat less overall calories.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 42 years experience
If you like the: Taste, go ahead. Both have calories, but brown rice generally has a lower glycemic index. There are no magic foods, it's the total of what you eat, minus how much you burn off with exercise. It's 3500 calories to burn off one pound. Good luck.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Rice: Rice can be a good source of carbohydrates. It is included on many diet plans. It is good in moderation and would recommend brown rice versus processed white rice.
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Balance diet: In terms of calories, there is not a big difference between brown and white rice. Brown rice may not raise blood sugar as much since it has more fiber. It is more nutritous, so it is a better choice. Limit the portion size to maximize weight loss and substitute with veggies.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Good food: Brown rice has 150 cal per cooked cup with no fat and 1 gram of fiber. White rice has 240 cal per cooked cup with 0.1 g of fat and 0.6 g of fiber. Brown rice is a good food to mix with cooked vegetables, is filling, and is eaten world-wide (how many obese asians do you see?).

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