Why is rice bad?

In brief, I will discuss “ why rice is bad?”, and will also focus on its positive and negative effects on the body and the process to make it healthy.

Why is rice bad?

As per health professionals and certain cultivators, intake of white rice is harmful to one’s health. Other than the negative effects of excessive intake of white rice, white rice is claimed to be damaging to someone’s health since it has been subjected to methods that wear away the inherent micronutrients present in each grain. 

White rice goes through a conventional milling and shining procedure, which gives the grains a bright, white, and lustrous texture.

Milling rice avoids deterioration and extends its shelf life, however polishing is believed to eliminate vital nutrients present in rice. since It suffers from a lack of nutrients, it contains a lot of calories and sugars, which adds to excess weight and poor nutritional distribution. Considering these reasons, white rice eating is regarded as unhealthy.

What is rice and its origin?

Rice is derived from the Oryza sativa or Oryza glaberrima plant. Rice is the second-largest producer of grain after corn, and is essential in most nations, particularly in East and South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the West Indies. 

Rice is a major grain to cultivate because of its nutritive value and high-calorie, both of which are proven to be adequate for direct consumption on a regular basis.

The cultivation of this type of grain has been shown to provide substantial improvements in enhancing nutrition, increasing food security, promoting agricultural productivity, and promoting long-term land management. Rice is now extensively available in all regions of the world, with Asia ranking first among the continents in terms of rice yield.

What are the varieties of rice?

There are many varieties with different appearances, tastes, preparation, and colors that we should know as the main food in India.  Hence here are the  types mentioned below:

Brown rice 

It is one of the healthy sources in different varieties as it has bran with high nutritive value carbohydrates, fiber, fats, protein, vitamins (thiamine, niacin), magnesium, and potassium.

Brown rice has a remarkable nutritional profile.  However, the majority of it is attached to phytic acid and is largely worthless to humans.

 Rats and some other rodents synthesize phytase, which disintegrates phytic acid and unleashes the associated minerals, but we won’t be able to reap the benefits of brown rice until we develop rat-human crosses. Brown rice can also be steeped and brewed.

White Rice 

It is mostly the same as other varieties and contains nutritive value but is up to the mark and high in starch contents. consuming white rice not only reduces important nutrients and replaces them with rancid oils and sugar content.

Parboiled rice

Rice that has been parboiled is intriguing. Parboiling is the process of partly boiling the whole rice seed, including the husk, bran, and germ. In concept, this should allow some of the bran’s nutrition to be integrated into the core. 

After being parboiled, the rice is drained and processed, yielding white rice that is higher in nutrients than conventional white rice.

Wild rice 

It has a high nutrient content but is majorly bounded with phytate. It can be used as a workout carb if you manage to dry them up and ferment them by sustaining all vital nutrients and removing antinutrients. 

What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of rice?


  • A high content of vitamins and minerals
  • Easy to digest 
  • Appropriate for the gluten-free diet


  • Rapidly increases blood sugar levels
  • It can lead to type2 diabetes.
  • It can result in the risk of metabolic syndrome as the term metabolic syndrome belongs to a collection of risk factors that can indicate possible health problems like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and strokes.
  • It can increase heart disease-related problems

What are the recipes of rice that we can consider?

Rice can be cooked in a variety of ways, but again the simplest approach is to merge two parts water with one portion rice in a pan, stirring constantly on the stove, and then reduce to a low heat until all of the liquid has been soaked.

There are indeed numerous things to create  nutritious rice and incorporate it into a balanced diet. You can replace it with wild rice, brown rice, or black rice, or couple it with other nutrient-dense meals like proteins or vegetables to immediately boost the therapeutic effects of your meal.

Other FAQs about Rice that you may be interested in.

Why wash rice?

Why white rice is bad?

Why are some fried rice yellow and some brown?


In the brief, I have discussed “ why rice is bad?”, and will also focus on its positive and negative effects on the body and the process to make it healthy.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments. 


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