Eating whole grains like brown basmati rice is linked to a lower risk of heart disease. Whole grains help to reduce blood cholesterol levels. They also help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. Brown basmati rice has more fiber than the white version, and about 20% more than other types of brown rice. Higher fiber diets can help reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancers, particularly colorectal cancer. Eating 3 ounces of whole grains per day may lower your risk for this type of cancer by about 17%. Basmati rice is high in B vitamins, including B1 (thiamine). It has 22% of your daily recommended intake in each serving.