Is Rice Healthy? | Dr. Josh Axe

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine. Today I'm going to be answering the question,
"Is rice healthy?" and specifically, "What's the difference of white rice versus brown
rice, and are either of them healthy?" My answer is it really depends on you. In this video, I'm going to share with you
the pros and cons of rice as well as go over what I believe to be, by far, the healthiest
rice available today, that I believe a lot of people could start consuming and seeing
great benefits from. There is actually a debate today about whether
you should be consuming rice or not. Now people in the Paleo diet community preach
that everybody should be completely grain free and not consume grains whatsoever. So those people tend to say rice isn't healthy. Whereas people in the Chinese medicine camp,
people that believe in traditional Chinese medicine or vegans would think that rice can
actually be an incredible super food. I really believe that there is some validity
to both, but it really depends on the person, and more important than that, it depends on
the preparation, on how the rice is prepared, to depending on if it's healthy for you or
not. Now let me start off by talking about the
type of rice you should stay away from, and that's refined white rice. Now I'm not talking about jasmine rice or
basmati rice, which tend to be white rices. Those have not been processed. But some of that sticky white rice where the
fiber has been taken out of, that's the sort of rice that most people want to stay away
from. Reason is there's a recent medical study that
found those that consume that type of white rice are twice as likely to develop diabetes
compared to those that consumed a whole grain brown rice. Most of that white rice today that you'd consume
at a Chinese restaurant or fast food place, they've had the fiber taken out, they've had
the vitamins and minerals taken out. So that type of rice, you want to stay away
from. So that's sort of the con there of rice. The other con against rice or just rice in
general is that it contains a compound called phytic acid or phytates. Those are mineral blockers or enzyme inhibitors. That's what causes sort of the density and
the hardness of the rice, and it keeps you from absorbing and digesting all the vitamins
and minerals. So that's another negative. Then rice has certain types of protein that
can be difficult to digest as well. So all of those are big cons that go along
with rice. Now let's talk about the positives. The positives, if you get a whole grain brown
rice, brown rice or wild rice is high in vitamin B3, known as niacin. That's really, really important for your heart
health and cardiovascular system. So it's high in B3. It can also be very high in selenium. We know selenium actually supports the thyroid
as well as the kidneys, and so, again, selenium is a crucial vitamin or mineral we know that
rice has. Also, certain types of rice contain GABA. That's GABA. That's a neurotransmitter that supports the
brain. It helps reduce anxiety. It helps improve sleep. It can even support metabolism. So we know, in certain cases, rice can be
an incredible super food. Now it really comes down to this, to answer
the question, "Is rice healthy, or is brown rice healthy," it has to do with how the rice
is prepared. I believe if rice is soaked and sprouted,
that kills off the phytic acid. It then unlocks all the vitamins and minerals. It's now a healthy rice versus most rices
that aren't germinated or sprouted, aren't as healthy. That's why this is the rice that I personally
consume at home. I'm not tied to it in any way. It's just what I actually consume. This is an organic rice by a company called
truRoots, and it's actually a germinated brown rice. That means it's been soaked and sprouted,
which kills off phytic acid. You may notice this. For some people, brown rice or rices tend
to be very hard to digest, and that's because the rice hasn't been sprouted. So when you sprout the rice or germinate the
rice, that kills off phytic acid, that helps pre-digest the food, so now it's much easier
to digest. So it has the easy digestibility of white
rice, but all of the vitamins and nutrients and minerals that you're going to find in
a whole grain brown rice, and it's very easy to digest. So again, if you are going to consume rice,
this is really the only type of rice to consume that I consider healthy. The rest, unfortunately, I don't consider
to be healthy. I also want to mention this. In Chinese medicine, and you may do a search
for this, you can go to, my website and search for this. But look up qi. That's spelled Q-I in Chinese medicine. They believe that short grain brown rice,
like this, increases your bodies qi. Qi is known as your vital energy and your
life force. So if you're a person that struggles with
chronic fatigue, low energy levels, and poor digestive function, just generally you feel
weak and tired all the time, this is known as one of the number one healing foods. In fact, they recommend in Chinese medicine,
I recommend to my patients, you make what's called a congee, and that's with chicken bone
broth, so with chicken broth, brown rice, and then vegetables, such as carrots and celery
and chicken. So essentially you make a chicken vegetable
rice soup, and it's very healing and nourishing to the body. So you can look up congee online as well. But again, is brown rice healthy, or is rice
healthy? The answer can be yes, it can be if you're
doing sprouted rice. It's prepared in its traditional manner, you
can get a brand like this from But again, stay away from the white refined
rice, because it's completely void of vitamins and minerals, and it can cause a spike in
your blood sugar and insulin levels. Guys, this has been Dr. Axe from
talking about, "Is rice healthy?" The answer can be yes or no.


  1. Parboiled white rice cooked and refrigerated overnight is the way to go

  2. I think rice is probably better than some of the other grains out there

  3. Most rice has arsenic in it also …

  4. I eat rice everyday ,cause I'm Jamaican

  5. How about the arsenic found in rice, especially in brown rice? Is still safe to eat it?

  6. We prepare our organic white basmati in homemade bone broth…the best

  7. I ate lots of rice for around 6 months or so and lost significant amounts of weight.

  8. I don't need rice, so I don't eat it. I eat sushi sometimes, but very rarely.

  9. Rice hmmmm i like

  10. I eat rice everyday

  11. I can't live without rice everyday

  12. non rice are healthy and make you fat ,but i eat them anyway.

  13. Hate how brown rice taste and smell.I'm sticking to parboiled and basmati

  14. how about brown parboiled rice?

  15. Is consuming white rice the reason on why caucasians are better looking than chinese, indians and filipinos? I mean asians consume white rice alot and they are chubby and ugly. While caucasians like europeans or americans rarely eat white rice. White rice is not natural though

  16. I eat white rice for the past 60 years thankful that im alive and still working

  17. SERIOUS QUESTION. I always wonder why the food industry distributes “white” “refined” products. They’re always less expensive but seem to me like they would require more work to make them white. So, are these white foods by-products of other industries. Maybe vitamin/supplement companies drain them of they’re nutrition and then sell the empty food?

  18. What about 5 minute rice?

  19. what about wild rice?

  20. I love YouTube, I didn't have to pay for a Drs Appointment to get this info

  21. depend on serving size , region , and do u take it with another grain at one meal ?

  22. Hispanic rice is better

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