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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Unpolished rice – I remember when I first heard the term. I had to look it up. It is actually not that big of a deal. Brown is the color of all rice before it goes through the entire process of polishing.

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According to researchers, brown rice may offer protection against high blood pressure. In addition to that, it appears to have a protective effect on damage to the arteries.

It also appears that when brown rice is polished to make white rice, the health benefits tend to disappear as well.

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Brown rice is rich in fiber which is present in the brown layer of the grains. We know that the health benefits of a high fiber diet are being stressed by medical experts so, clearly, brown rice may have a role.