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Posted by: JillP, Monday, September 19, 2011, 4:01pm
Question: Is instant brown rice as healthy as slow cook long grain brown rice ? ??)

Looking at RICE on the Food list values online, Dr D does not distinguish between brown and white and does not even mention instant.

I cook the slow cook brown rice and it is wonderful.  But soon we will be traveling and cooking fuel and time will be more of an issue.  So is the instant brown rice as healthy for us ?

I found this when I did a Google search:

DEAR PEGGY: Is there a nutritional difference between instant brown rice and long grain brown rice? —N.W., New Hope, Minnesota

Convenience foods typically save time, but those extra minutes often come at a nutritional price. That's not the case here. The nutritional differences between a serving of long grain brown rice, which requires about 35 to 45 minutes to cook—and instant brown rice—which cooks in about 5 minutes—are insignificant. Instant rice has simply been cooked and dehydrated so it cooks quicker than long grain rice. Feel free to use them interchangeably.

Thank you for your thoughts on this  :)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, September 19, 2011, 4:05pm; Reply: 1
Instant rice is processed food. Dr. D does not have any processed food on the lists.

  ;)
Posted by: JJR, Monday, September 19, 2011, 4:44pm; Reply: 2
I don't know what to tell you.  I only eat the real stuff.  Something about "instant" doesn't sit right with me.  But I could be all wrong.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, September 19, 2011, 4:48pm; Reply: 3
For how long will you be traveling and away from a real kitchen?

If you're only going away for a week or two, I wouldn't even worry about it. Instant rice you make yourself is likely to still be a whole lot healthier and free of "avoids" than anything you could buy in a restaurant.  But if you're moving into an RV for the next 6 months, you want to give the nutritional questions a lot more thought.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, September 19, 2011, 5:46pm; Reply: 4
I would look at the ingredients.  If there aren't any avoid ingredients, then it is far better than eating some ready-made junk...  

I would still rather cook it from the start, as the added steps will take a bit more out of it.  Even if it just rubs off due to handling.  I haven't done any analysis to know how much of a difference it is.  Nutritional info on the container may be the same, but we know they don't capture everything there...
Posted by: JillP, Monday, September 19, 2011, 6:24pm; Reply: 5
We will be on our boat for over 4 months traveling to and around the Bahamas.  It is difficult and expensive to get propane for the stove so I was trying to look at options.

The box of Uncle Ben's instant brown rice has one ingredient par boiled brown rice.

So how long would you feel comfortable leaving cooked brown rice in the fridg ?  Maybe  I can just make it in bigger batches and put it fridg...

ABJoe...I have given up ready made junk as you call it which is why I hesitate  :o
Posted by: Drea, Monday, September 19, 2011, 8:18pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from JillP
We will be on our boat for over 4 months traveling to and around the Bahamas.  


Oh, I'm so jealous! 8) I've sailed around Tahiti and that was fantastic!
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, September 19, 2011, 8:58pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from JillP
The box of Uncle Ben's instant brown rice has one ingredient par boiled brown rice.

So how long would you feel comfortable leaving cooked brown rice in the fridg ?  Maybe  I can just make it in bigger batches and put it fridg...

ABJoe...I have given up ready made junk as you call it which is why I hesitate  :o
I have had cooked brown rice in the frig. for 4 or 5 days, although the longer it is there, the starchier / harder it gets.  It is OK if you warm it up in a broth / soup or steam it well before eating.

If I were doing it, I'd practice a time or two so I knew more about how it would react.  I don't think the instant would be a problem in this case, though...

By ready-made junk, I meant more like instant soups, etc...  I didn't mean to infer that you would eat avoids, anymore...

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, September 19, 2011, 9:22pm; Reply: 8
Just how long does the Uncle Ben's say it takes to cook? Another option would be to use less rice and more quinoa, as quinoa cooks in 15 minutes, vs 40 for brown rice.
Posted by: JillP, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 12:04am; Reply: 9
ABJoe...I knew what you meant...no problem   :D

We alternate between quinoa, brown rice, black beans, brown rice pasta...trying to balance out between our Warrior and Hunter diets.  I also LOVE my lentils.

The box I have is Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Fast & Natural Instant Brown Rice.  Says to bring water to a boil and then cook for 10-12 minutes.  No sodium. Only ingredient is Whole Grain Parboiled Brown Rice.

We LOVE our winters in the Bahamas, this will be our 3rd trip  ;D  Never been to Tahiti it looks WONDERFUL !!!
Posted by: JJR, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 12:12am; Reply: 10
Yeah, you can make some ahead of time and put it in a cooler, if you're taking a cooler.  But it will probably take up more room and be heavier.
Posted by: Drea, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 12:32am; Reply: 11
I use instant brown rice when I'm camping; it really depends on your level of compliance (and, in this case, ease). ;)
Posted by: Chloe, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 2:20am; Reply: 12
Can you plug in anything electric on the boat?  I own this little rice cooker and it's awesome.
They come in all sizes but I like this small one because I like to make one portion fresh each time.

http://www.amazon.com/Wolfgang-Puck-WPMRC010B-One-Touch-Cooker/dp/B003H9MB8A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316485390&sr=8-1
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