Secret Side Effects of Eating Brown Rice
You may experience digestive problems.
"Since brown rice contains more fiber, it may cause digestive upset such as bloating and diarrhea in those who are sensitive to fiber," warns Melissa Mitri, MS, RD. "Brown rice is a grain that some people don't tolerate well."
Your body will consume antinutrients.
"Brown rice is higher in phytic acid, which can bind to and reduce the absorption of minerals such as zinc, calcium, and iron," says Lauren Panoff, MPH, RD.
Your blood sugar will elevate.
"Brown rice is still a starch," says Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CEO of NY Nutrition. "For those who are carb-conscious or must-watch blood sugar levels, whether you're eating white or brown rice, portions will matter."
It may have traces of arsenic.
"Brown rice may be higher in a toxic chemical called arsenic that is linked to cancers, heart disease, and diabetes," says Moskovitz. "It is naturally present in our environment, but can be concentrated in certain foods such as rice or rice products."
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