We’re adding to the rice debate. Should you choose white rice over brown rice, or should you look to something completely different and try Minvita GABA rice?!

Brown rice is often thought of as “good” rice, and white rice “bad” rice, but the truth is in terms of nutrient content the differences are negligible. Let’s look at basmati rice as an example. Whilst brown rice does have twice as much fibre, it’s only 2g vs 1g in a serving, and whilst it also has 33% more protein, it’s only 4g vs 3g per serving. In general, rice is not a very good source of nutrients and should not be considered as such.

Whether on diets or trying to eat more healthily, we’re often told to ditch all the white foods – rice, pasta, bread, potatoes. But the main problem with these foods is that we have a tendency to eat too much of them, and they frequently act as a vehicle to deliver more unhealthy foods – including refined salts, sugars, and trans-fats. Over-eating in these instances can lead to insulin spikes which is not healthy for anyone, never mind someone trying to curb cravings on a healthy eating regimen.

But what if there was a rice that was rich in nutrients that provided obvious health benefits? Well, this is where GABA rice comes in.

People often cite brown rice as being higher in fibre and so leaves you feeling fuller longer than if you eat white rice, but as we saw in the example above, the fibre content is still relatively low. Well, just one 50g serving of Minvita Organic Sprouted Black GABA Rice provides 24% of your RDA of Fibre. That’s 3 times the amount of fibre in brown jasmine rice, and 6 times that of white rice.

GABA rice is considered as a superfood, in which researchers have found that a regular intake of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) helps improve nerve functioning, prevents the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduces sleeplessness, relieves constipation, lowers blood pressure and prevents various types of digestive cancers. Rice germ also contains Gamma Oryzanol – an antioxidant that help prevent cancers and wrinkles from ageing.

GABA is an amino acid and the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It inhibits the transmissions of nerve impulses and maintains a balance in the brain between excitation and inhibition, acting as a calming agent.

GABA rice is shown to help with :

• anxiety and depression

• stress-related fatigue

• memory and cognitive function

• lowering blood pressure

• suppressing liver damage

The recommended GABA intake for most people is about 50-100 mg/day. For those who suffer from nervous-related health problems or anxiety disorders, the recommended intake is 150-250 mg/day. For the most benefit, consumption of GABA is recommended at 150 mg/day for at least 8 weeks consecutively. The nutritional values for Minvita GABA Rice are more than twice as much as other GABA rices on the market!

More About Minvita GABA Rice

Available in three varieties, Jasmine, Black and Jasmine-Green Tea, this GABA rice is also known as Germinated Brown Rice (GBR). It’s made from top quality Thai jasmine and black wholegrain rice, harvested from paddy fields in Sisaket, Thailand.

The rice is soaked for 24 hours, when the maximum possible nutrition level is reached, to stimulate germination, then parboiled, locking in the vitamins, nutrients and amino acids, especially gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).

Minvita GABA is made from top quality certified organic rice from Northeast Thailand, where we are based, using the application of local knowledge in the production to help extend the shelf-life and nutritional values of the rice to be better than regular milled rice. Minvita use paddy or unmilled rice for the germination process, then steam and dry the germinated paddy rice before milling, as they have found from experience that this better captures the valuable nutrients in the rice grain, in spite of being a much more labour-intensive process.

GABA rice is available from Ocado, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Revital and www.minvita.co.uk priced £5.99 for 500g.

About Minvita

Minvita strongly believe that nature provides us with fruit, vegetables and herbs that contain all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that our bodies require. They question the need to resort to artificially manufactured products when a natural, organic alternative is available. Minvita take great care to ensure that any products that carry the Minvita logo are harvested in a sustainable manner to ensure no impact on the local environment.

Minvita are a dedicated and passionate team that takes great pride in the work that they do and they believe that by choosing Minvita products, customers will get the very best that nature has to offer.

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