Good Eats Brown Rice has terrific nutritional value. Health benefits are partially due to the way it is prepared. Brown rice is a whole grain, meaning that it contains three parts of the grain kernel: the outer, fiber-filled layer called the bran, the nutrient-rich core called the germ, and the starchy middle layer called the endosperm. Unlike other rice where the bran and the germ have been removed, brown rice retains fiber and nutrients including B vitamins and iron.
As a part of an overall healthy diet, whole grains may help improve cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.