Brown Sprouted Rice

What the heck is brown sprouted rice? I didn’t really know, but my friend C was telling me about how much he loved it. So then I had to investigate. It is brown rice that is allowed to germinate by soaking the rice. The rice actually starts to sprout. If you look at it closely, you can see the little sprouts sticking out of one of the ends of the rice grain. It’s slightly creepy.

Ok, so what’s so good about sprouted brown rice? Well basically, it’s really good for you. While I love white rice more than just about anything in the world, it’s not particularly nutritious. Brown rice is much better for you. And brown sprouted rice is even better. The whole germination part basically makes the nutrients more available and more easily absorbed during digestion. Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), is a naturally occurring amino acid created during the germination process. And there are claims from studies that say this stuff can help with things like lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, boosting the immune system, improving sleep, and inhibiting cancer cells.

Are any of these claims true? No idea. But seeing as how brown rice in general is better for you, and this stuff is supposed to be even better than regular brown rice, why not eat it? It tastes similarly to regular brown rice, but slightly more green. It’s hard to describe, but that’s the easiest way for me to describe it. And it is even more firm than regular brown rice. I’m not a health nut by any means. You can probably tell from the types of food I eat, but sometimes, I do what I can to be a teeny bit healthy.

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