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Yellow Rice

 
 
gollum
 
Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 02:40 pm
I understand that brown rice is healthier than white rice. How about yellow rice?
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 02:47 pm
@gollum,
I'm not so sure about rice, but you are best off not eating yellow snow...
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mismi
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 02:49 pm
@gollum,
@ Rock <snort> duh.

Yellow rice is just rice with turmeric or saffron for flavoring...so I'd say the brown rice is still the healthiest.
gollum
 
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Reply Sat 11 Feb, 2012 07:28 pm
@mismi,
mismi-
So yellow rice is really white rice.
mismi
 
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Reply Mon 13 Feb, 2012 08:21 pm
@gollum,
Yes. Smile It is white - it's just flavored with turmeric or saffron, which gives it the yellow coloring.
Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 14 Feb, 2012 09:17 am
@mismi,
Actually there actually is a variety called golden rice. Needless to say, it's color isn't derived in preparing..and it's not white and not brown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_rice
mismi
 
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Reply Tue 14 Feb, 2012 10:01 am
@Ragman,
I don't think it is available at this time though, is that right? It would be healthier than white rice upon reading, but apparently there is some controversy regarding it?

I'll need to read more.
Ragman
 
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Reply Tue 14 Feb, 2012 10:09 am
@mismi,
Yup, you're right. More nutritional research is need and consumer availability is uncertain.

Further reading at the end of the Wiki article:

Opposition

"Critics of genetically engineered crops have raised various concerns. One of these is that golden rice originally did not have sufficient vitamin A. This problem was solved by the development of new strains of rice. However, there are still doubts about the speed at which vitamin A degrades once the plant is harvested, and how much would remain after cooking. A 2009 study of boiled golden rice fed to volunteers concluded that golden rice is effectively converted into vitamin A in humans.

Greenpeace opposes the release of any genetically modified organisms into the environment, and is concerned that golden rice is a Pandora's Box that will open the door to more widespread use of GMOs.

Vandana Shiva, an Indian anti-GMO activist, argued the problem was not that the crop had any particular deficiencies, but that there were potential problems with poverty and loss of biodiversity in food crops. These problems are aggravated by the corporate control of agriculture based on genetically modified foods. By focusing on a narrow problem (vitamin A deficiency), Shiva argued, the golden rice proponents were obscuring the larger issue of a lack of broad availability of diverse and nutritionally adequate sources of food. Other groups have argued a varied diet containing foods rich in beta carotene such as sweet potato, leafy green vegetables and fruit would provide children with sufficient vitamin A.

Because of lacking real-world studies and uncertainty about how many people will use golden rice, WHO malnutrition expert Francesco Branca concludes "giving out supplements, fortifying existing foods with vitamin A, and teaching people to grow carrots or certain leafy vegetables are, for now, more promising ways to fight the problem."
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gollum
 
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Reply Tue 14 Feb, 2012 10:20 pm
@Ragman,
Thank you. If I follow though, the cheap yellow rice sold in inexpensive restaurants is probably white rice.
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