We recently had a client visit the clinic asking whether to incorporate wild, white or brown rice 🍚 into their meals. This is a question we are often asked, as many people are of the mindset that brown rice is superior. Our client was experiencing a sluggish digestive function, lack of appetite and constipation. Although brown rice has higher overall nutritional value, it should only be consumed by those with a strong agni, digestive fire 🔥 Therefore, brown rice was not suitable for this individual at the moment.
Are you wondering which type of rice you should consume? There is no one size fits all answer, as it varies from person to person. Learn more by reading the information below.
White Rice.
White rice is easy to digest and basmati rice is most generally recommended for use in Ayurvedic recipes. Basmati rice is best for those prone to digestive irregularity, especially gas and bloating. These complaints are typically related to an imbalance of the Vata Dosha, comprising of the elements air and ether. Although white rice can be slightly light and drying in nature, combating these qualities with a little ghee and digestive spices will help to improve its digestability.
Brown and Wild Rice.
The external husk of brown rice can make it challenging to digest. The same would be true for wild rice. If an individual has a strong agni, digestive fire, they may be more suited to incorporate brown rice into their recipes.
Madhu Rasa is the Sanskrit word for sweet taste. The sweet taste is made up of both water and earth elements. Rice is considered sweet in taste which gives it qualities of being building and sustaining in nature. Therefore, rice may not be suitable for those experiencing a slow metabolism, excess weight and water retention. Alternative grains and pseudograins such as buckwheat, millet and amaranth may be more suited depending on your current state of health.
We just put together a new recipe for a cooling summer rice for all of our initial consultation clients as we approach summer!
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