A recent study has linked brown rice to better heart health. Researchers found that two kinds of rice, brown rice and half-milled rice, may reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. An ingredient in these types of rice interferes with angiotensin II, a protein linked to both high blood pressure and clogged arteries.
This special ingredient is found in the brown layer of the rice grain — the layer that is scraped away during the production of white rice. Since they're less refined, both brown and half-milled rice are able to preserve this layer. These results are just another reason to eat more whole grains; besides being linked to lowered risk of certain kinds of cancer, brown rice also contains more protein and fiber than processed white, so you'll feel fuller longer. Plus, whole grains are delicious and surprisingly easy to incorporate into your diet.