Brown Rice Vs. White Rice: What’s The Difference?

It’s hard to find a person who doesn't enjoy rice. It's the greatest side dish ever, and elevates every meal it’s served with. Every culture in the world has a beloved dish that contains rice. And why wouldn’t they? It’s absolutely delicious!


But rice isn’t just versatile when paired with something; there are also all kinds of rice. Brown and white rice are the most popular kinds of rice that people use. But what exactly makes them so different?

White Rice


Let’s start with the most popular rice option, white rice. Readily available and widely consumed, nearly everyone has enjoyed a plate of white rice with their favorite dish.


White rice goes through much heavier processing than brown rice. A ‘whole grain’ contains three parts; the bran, endosperm, and germ. The bran is the outer layer of the grain, loaded with fiber. The endosperm is the middle layer containing proteins and vitamins. And finally, the germ is in the core of the grain, full of healthy fats, vitamin B & E, and phytochemicals.


With white rice, the bran and germ are removed. So, you're only left with the starchy layer of endosperm. And while white rice is more readily available and for a lower price, it isn’t going to add any nutrients to your meal.

Brown Rice

Brown rice has long been labeled the 'healthier' option, and for good reason. Brown rice seems to be the top choice for nutritionists and weight-loss experts due to all the nutrients it's packed with.


Unlike white rice, brown rice is the whole grain. That means it contains all three parts of the grain and is packed with all the nutrition they offer. In fact, studies have linked a diet that’s rich in brown rice with a decreased risk of diabetes. People swear by it for weight loss because brown rice makes you feel full for a longer time, reducing cravings.

Which One Is Better?

Mixture of brown and white rice grains


Brown rice is excellent for a more filling and nutritious meal, and white rice is more accessible and affordable. So which one should you opt for?


While the kind of food you consume is an entirely personal choice, it helps to understand what you need. Regardless of the health benefits, or affordability, rice is filled with starch. You should consume it in moderation. And if you can’t decide, you can purchase both white and brown rice and mix it up!


At SF Mart, we offer a wide variety of grain and rice for you to choose from. Our bundle packs provide you with mixed grain rice along with mixed beans so you can prepare yourself some delicious Kongjaban or Ogokbap for dinner!


Browse through our online Korean food store to buy high-quality Asian groceries for you and your family!

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