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What Are the Benefits of Brown Rice Puffs?

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author image Molly Thompson
As a national security analyst for the U.S. government, Molly Thompson wrote extensively for classified USG publications. Thompson established and runs a strategic analysis company, is a professional genealogist and participates in numerous community organizations.Thompson holds degrees from Wellesley and Georgetown in psychology, political science and international relations.
What Are the Benefits of Brown Rice Puffs?
Brown rice is sometimes called a super carbohydrate. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Brown rice food products are nutritious and flavorful; they offer more health benefits than do white rice products. When processed as a puffed cereal, brown rice retains the bulk of its nutrient properties. It provides key vitamins and minerals without contributing excess fats, sodium or cholesterol. Brown rice products have a hearty, nutty taste and contain dietary fiber, thereby making brown rice puffs a good choice of breakfast cereal.

High Fiber

Brown rice is the whole kernel of the rice plant; only the outermost layer is removed during processing, so it retains its full nutritional benefits. This stands in contrast to the processing of white rice, which strips away virtually all the dietary fiber and many of the nutrients. Whole grain dietary fiber offers many health benefits: It reduces the risk of heart disease, helps stabilize blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol, and helps regulate the digestive processes. Fiber-rich foods also help you feel full for a longer time after eating, which may help keep you from overeating.

Brown Rice Nutrients

In addition to being a good source of dietary fiber, brown rice has very little fat, no sodium or cholesterol and relatively few calories. A 3.5-ounce serving contains one-third or more of the recommended daily allowance of important B vitamins, as well as significant amounts of zinc, magnesium and phosphorus. It is an excellent source of the mineral manganese, which is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and protein and essential for a healthy nervous system.

Brown Rice Puffs

Brown rice puffs are simply the brown rice kernel with air blown in at high pressure. Most of the food's original nutrient properties remain intact after the puffing process, with only slight decreases in nutritional values noted. Brown rice puffs are a healthy, filling, gluten-free cereal option. One cup of brown rice puffs served with skim milk provides just 100 calories, contains virtually no fat and counts for 15 percent of the adult recommended daily allowance for calcium. Check the package label to select a brand with no added sugar or sodium.

Part of a Healthy Breakfast

Brown rice puffs are an excellent centerpiece of a healthy breakfast. Serve the cereal with some milk and fruit for a nutritionally well-balanced and vitamin-rich start to the day. Brown rice foods offer an extended feeling of fullness and help in maintaining stable blood sugar levels, thereby contributing to a generalized sense of well-being that may help prevent fatigue, early hunger pangs or loss of concentration during the morning.

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