Basmati Rice, A Gluten Free Grain Serving

Basmati rice and Type 2 DiabetesBasmati Rice is fragrant rice traditionally grown in India and surrounding areas such as Pakistan and Bangladesh.  The name means “Full of Aroma” in Hindi and “The Fragrant One” in Sanskrit. It is long grain rice popular for its light nutty flavor and also its fragrance.

It comes in both white and brown varieties. The brown variety is more flavorful. It is lighter and fluffier when cooked than other rice varieties and stays separate and firm without getting sticky. It also contains a high concentration of essential oils that, when boiled, releases a nice smell.

Basmati rice is long grain rice that is gluten free. It has the highest amino acid content of all rice varieties. It contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and ranks relatively low when it comes to natural sugar content. It is a good source of complex carbohydrates and ranks relatively low on the glycemic index. The low value given to the rice makes it a good choice for those with diabetes or who are insulin resistant. The brown grains also contain fiber and some protein because of their outer bran layer. Both varieties are low in fat and calories. It is high in plant Lignans which are protective substances that help to lower your risk of certain diseases.

Basmati rice contains many B vitamins and is high in many minerals like calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and selenium.  Manganese is essential for metabolism of protein and carbohydrates. 88% of the recommended daily allowance can be found in one cup of the rice. The brown variety even contains fiber. It contains all eight essential amino acids but is a little low in lysine. It is consider the healthiest rice to eat.

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