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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Rice or potatoes? Potatoes or rice?

Rice or potatoes? Potatoes or rice? What is better for us? I think it's hard to answer that question, because both of these products have their supporters and both have a lot of health benefits.

The health benefits of rice is compared to wheat, barley or some other cereals and potatoes are considered to be less healthy. Both these foods are base of many cuisines. In Asia people have lots of rice in their cuisine. Whereas the Europeans and Americans eat more potatoes So what to eat potatoes or rice? What is the healthier option?
Rice is healthy because it contains more protein than potatoes. These, in turn, does not contain protein at all but the healthy carbohydrate.
Brown rice contains a lot of carbohydrates and fiber making it a lot less fattening than potatoes.
Both rice and potatoes contain starch. But the starch in the rice may be reduced by draining it in the water in which it is cooked but  the starch in potatoes remains even after cooking.
Rice contains important nutrients such as thiamin and niacin, which improves metabolism. Rice is healthy because it contains vitamin B12, which is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

What about potatoes?

Potatoes have a much wider range of nutrients then  rice. They contain much more fiber than white rice. Potassium  found in potatoes keeps our body hydrated and healthy. Potatoes also contain vitamin C, which increases immunity.

So, potatoes or rice?
Potatoes and rice have roughly the same calories, so basically we can not determine which component is more or less fattening. Both of these products provide an immediate boost of energy, and have a very high glycemic index. After eating rice and potatoes we feel full, but they are relatively easy to digest. So to conclude both rice and potatoes are healthy.
Comparison ultimately comes down to the methods we prepare them nad serve them. I choose rice and potatoes are almost eliminated from my menu. And you what do you prefer, rice or potatoes?

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