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Rice Breakdown

It's too bad that rice has gotten a bad reputation with this whole carb-free diet frenzy. As we all know, not only do we need carbs for energy, but carbs in the form of whole grains are a great source of fiber (which can help prevent certain types of cancer), and they keep you feeling full longer. Rice is one of my favorite whole grains since it's easy to cook, can be flavored millions of ways, and is easy to digest. There are so many different kinds though. To see how they compare nutritionally,


Here's the breakdown of half a cup of cooked rice:

Kind of Rice Calories Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
Short-Grain White 133 29.4 0 2.4
Medium-Grain White 121 26.6 0 2.2
Long-Grain White 103 22.3 .3 2.1
Short-Grain Brown 180 38 2 4
Medium-Grain Brown 109 22.9 1.8 2.3
Long-Grain Brown 108 22.4 1.8 2.5
Sticky Rice 169 36.7 1.7 3.5
Wild Rice 83 17.5 1.5 3.3
White Basmati 150 33 .5 3
Brown Basmati 140 31 2 3
Sushi Rice 194 39 0 9.7
Jasmine 160 36 0 3
Chinese Black Rice 160 34 2 5
Arborio 160 36 .5 3


Join The Conversation
jessolicious jessolicious 8 years
cristina - sushi rice is medium-grain white rice with vinegar, sugar and salt added. i'm not sure where that +70 calorie calculation came from. maybe it's based on calories obtained by using the sushi rice powder packets (basically a powdered vinegar, sugar and salt mixture) instead of just diy? who knows.
kitchenfloor kitchenfloor 8 years
I love white rice with some soy sauce. Yum!
futonfighter futonfighter 8 years
I'm going to have to try wild rice it looks best all round.
mamakate mamakate 8 years
What about minute rice?
joanna-shue joanna-shue 9 years
I didn't know rice are different, although I've been eating it for years.
cristina-rueda cristina-rueda 9 years
i wonder why wha makes sushi rice so high in caloried and high in protein. Does anyone know?
Kyko Kyko 9 years
Looks like Wild rice is a winner, I'll have to check some out!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I eat long-grain white rice with everything. It's a hard habit to break. I never could really get into brown rice, although I love basmati, sushi and jasmine rice too. I didn't know there was such a difference between them all, calorie-wise.
melda melda 9 years
I just had to google to find out what kind of rice is that we eat evvvery day that is long-grain white rice. I have never seen any other kind
lovealways lovealways 9 years
I love white rice of any kind, brown just never really cut it for me taste-wise. :)
annam89 annam89 9 years
i only eat rice with sushi or peiwei brown rice yummm
Bisque Bisque 9 years
We eat rice at every meal, it's so usual that I don't even know what grain it is. This is info's good though. :)
Blondy47 Blondy47 9 years
I am not a big rice fan and have never liked brown rice especially, but I recently found this recipe for baked brown rice and it completely changed my mind:,1977,FOOD_9936_30663,00.html. The recipe reviews are all spot-on; the rice has flavor, great texture, and is pretty much fool-proof. Awesome.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Keep telling myself to buy sushi rice, thank you fit!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I love long grain white rice & Jasmine white rice. Thats one thing I will never give up eating. I grew up eating it at home almost every day. i love ti
sh3mta3 sh3mta3 9 years
Can sushi rice really have that much protein?
amybdk amybdk 9 years
What's the difference between the short grain brown and the med/long brown rice? I see the difference on the chart, but I don't understand it.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
I am not a rice fan, but I do try to eat long grain brown :)
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
i can only eat brown rice with certain foods but for stuff like chinese and thai, I love jasmine rice. Wild Rice doesn't look too shabby up there either!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I love rice but really haven't perfected brown rice since it seems to be harder and almost chewy. White rice has fewer calories and carbs anyway and it tastes so much better to me.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
long grain brown looks like the winner to me, with about the same in everything as long grain white but more fiber. I love rice!
charmer charmer 9 years
its not necessary better because brown rice has more fiber, makes you feel fuller longer so you dont end up eating other calorie laden snacks.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow I always thought brown was better but it looks like long grain white is even better. Who knew!
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