Slow Cooking Rice: Pre-packaged or DIY?

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In less time than it takes to microwave a Zatarain side dish, the “rice aisle” can bring a seasoned shopper to their knees. The shelves are boiling over with so many mouthwatering choices…but how many are really good for us?

Well, you’ll have your answer in about 30 seconds if you pick up just about any pre-packaged rice mix box and do a quick-scan of the ingredients. Unfortunately, most of these tasty side dishes have a smorgasbord of hard-to-pronounce, chemical-sounding, junk ingredients added in the name of “taste.” You’ll find the worst of the worst here – even trans fats and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

And then, watch your ankles swell as you check out the sodium levels. Many varieties are off the charts. We’re talking as high as 40% of your recommended daily allowance for sodium in a one cup serving of rice!

Reality Check

Slow cooking rice retains most of the important nutrients. The same can’t be said for the pre-packaged varieties loaded with excessive sodium and harmful chemical additives. The food sleuths here at lovingly call them a heart attack waiting to happen!

So, what’s a rice lover to do?

BestBrands for Slow-Cooking Rice

Attention Rice Lovers: Look up. That’s right, next time you’re in the rice aisle, look up. On the top shelf of most grocery stores you will find the gem of all gems – a brand of whole grain slow cooking rice called RiceSelect.
Each yummy rice combo in this brand are all-natural, flavored only by nature, with absolutely no additives or preservatives!

And the price is right too. They come conveniently packaged in 32-ounce containers that include 20 servings for about $6.99. Ounce per ounce, that’s a fraction of what you’ll pay for most other rice combo options. Plus, you know what you’re getting when you purchase a RiceSelect variety – everything is grown right here in the good old US of A!

Sample this example:

RiceSelect Texmati Brown Rice


(1 serving, 170 cals, 1g fat, 0mg of sodium, 2g fiber, 4g protein)

INGREDIENTS: Texmati Brown Rice.

Seeing a label with only one ingredient is a dream come true for BrandAid food sleuths! This variety of RiceSelect whole grain brown rice has one ingredient (RICE!), ZERO sodium and ZERO preservatives.

Plus, it comes packaged naturally with 2 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. This is a powerhouse food that needs a place on your dinner table!

Brand Doctor Tip: Healthy doesn’t have to be bland. Since you’ll find no MSG-laced seasonings (a.k.a. artificial flavorings) in any of their rice combos, we suggest a DIY (Do It Yourself) approach! Feel free to spice up your rice with all-natural seasonings, sautéed mushrooms and shallots, raisins, sliced almonds…or even some low-sodium soy sauce. You’ll get all the taste and nutrition without all the junk.


Every variety in the RiceSelect brand has earned the Brand Doctors BestBrands Stamp of Approval!
Texmati Brown Organic Rice

Texmati Brown Rice

Royal Blend Whole Grain with Texmati Brown
& Red Rice

Royal Blend Texmati White, Brown & Red Rice

Texmati Light Brown

Royal Blend Whole Grain with Texmati Brown
& Red Rice

Royal Blend Texmati White, Brown & Red Rice

Texmati Light BrownTexmati Brown Organic

Remember, when you’re armed with a little eBrandAid know-how, you’re in control at the grocery store.

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In Our Opinion: The information contained in the eBrandAid e-newsletters is strictly based on the opinions of the eBrand Doctors. We have created a set of guidelines that we believe will help shoppers to better understand and decode food labels on products found in most grocery stores. Our mission is to help shoppers find the healthier brands that have the least amount of chemicals and other junk ingredients.

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