If you are to choose between rice and pasta, choose rice. It is not just about taste, but of well-being. Rice is mainly made of starch, a carbohydrate that forms the inside of the grain. The grains of rice starch are smaller than those of wheat and gastric juices attack them faster, this is the reason why rice is more digestible than pasta. Moreover, rice has a beneficial effect on the intestine: white rice has an astringent effect that helps in case of dysentery, while brown rice helps intestinal motility in case of constipation.