Can Vegans Eat Rice?
Yes! Rice is 100% plant-based and therefore a vegan food. Sometimes you’ll see rice packets that have seasoning and flavoring added and those sometimes have cheese and dairy and would not be vegan. However, brown rice, white rice, Jasmine rice, Basmati rice, and any other rice variety is a grain and a 100% plant-based food.
Brown rice will have the most amount of fiber – which isn’t usually a problem for vegans but if you are not vegan, most Americans only get half the recommended 25-35g of fiber per day and brown rice has about 4 grams of fiber per serving compared to no fiber in traditional white rices. Brown rice also has substantial more vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc. While brown rice like other whole grains contains phytate and phytic acid that can be bound to these minerals, it’s been shown that plant-based eaters do not have low iron stores when eating a wide variety of foods.
What’s your favorite type of rice??