Brown Rice Vs. White Rice - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. What is the difference between brown rice and white rice? They are actually both the rice plant, but the white rice is a starchy center of the plant, and the brown rice still has the hull around that starchy center. So it is basically the same thing, it is just that brown rice is retaining that hull. Now why this is important is because the hull of the plant is going to contain all the fiber, the vitamins, and the minerals from that plant. It is also going to slow down the digestion and help us feel fuller for longer. And, we are going to get not only the great energy of the carbohydrate that is in that white starchy center, but we are going to get the vitamins and minerals that are included as well. White rice is going to taste better to you because it is the starchy, kind of sugary center, and we always love things that taste sweet and also digest easily in the body. It does not take a lot of digestive fire for it to digest, so we get that quick burst of energy. White rice is not bad for you, and it is important to understand that it is still a whole grain, it is still a whole food. But the brown rice is going to give you more than the white rice is. So, while it is not bad for you, you are definitely going to get more bang for your buck going for brown rice. Long grain rice and wild rice are really great alternatives to brown rice. You can also try some of the long grain brown rices or the basmati rices, which tend to be a lot lighter, and they tend to feel a lot easier in your body.