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Half the world's people rely on rice as their staple food. Rice offers B vitamins and some minerals; its protein features a good balance of amino acids.
*When rice kernels are milled to produce white rice, the bran and germ are polished away. The main advantage of brown rice over white is that it retains its bran, which gives brown rice a superior fibre content.
*Soaking brown rice overnight can cut the cooking time in half. The key to conserving the B vitamins is to soak the rice in the measured amount of cold water, and then to cook the rice in the same water.