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White Rice or Brown Fried Rice?

Which is healthier?

Wed. Sep 13, 4:45pm

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 4:46 PM

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even though the brown is fried? why?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 4:55 PM

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brown rice is white rice with the hull left on, so it's more roughage, and absorbed less easily thus keeping you fuller longer. that's the main difference between the two.

i think frying it would just kill it because it's adding calories, so stick with the steamed white rice in that case. obviously your best choice is steamed brown

an amazing new food find: uncle ben's 90 second rice pouches... most are heavily sauced and seasoned, but they do have a plain brown rice pouch! I always have a ton on hand :) they're a little chemically preserved and I think they have salt or something, so the boil in a bag instant rice brown packages are the best route if you have a few minutes to boil the water.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 5:32 PM

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I don't think it's really fried... I thought it was just the name? For example, isn't chicken fried rice just a chicken/veggie/rice stirfry. It's not really fried like french fries are fried. It's cooked in a pan.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 6:55 PM

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stir FRY

Note the "fry" on the end. It may not be deep fried like french fries are, but there is still a good amount of oil used. At home, I use cooking spray or I measure less than one tablespoon (not a lot of oil at all) and that's at least 100 calories right there. In the restaurant, I would imagine at least 2 tablespoons go into a regular stir fry, which is 240 calories.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 7:05 PM

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duh, of course it's not deep-fried... it's stir-fried, yes. oil and soy sauce and butter (in the us)... not sure in what quantities but none of those thing are ideal.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 7:44 PM

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in my area "brown fried rice" is not really hull-on brown rice but white sticky rice coated w/ soy sauce! in that case, i would say the steamed white rice w/o added oil and soy sauce is healthier!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 8:16 PM

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yep - my experience of american chinese food is that the fried rice is always a brownish colour, but only due to the soy sauce and burnt oil! it's not actually brown rice that they're using.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 8:56 AM

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