Posted by David
Rice is a big part of the diet of many across the globe, especially in China and the subcontinent. It is very easy to prepare and goes well with many different foods. However, it also leads to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes.
One cup of rice contains about 200 calories of which most are starch, which turns into sugar and adds weight. Because of that, it is often eliminated for those on a diet and for those fighting diabetes.
However, two people from Sri Lanka have developed a new way to cook rice so that it cuts down the calorie content by up to 50%. The rice said the two is cooked as usual, but when the water boils, prior to adding the rice, coconut oil is added.
After the rice is ready, it must cool in a refrigerator for 12 hours and then it can be served. Coconut oil changed the structure of rice molecularly in such a way that its starch turns out healthier.
The rice takes more time digesting and releases its sugar slowly into the body. Normally, the starches are easily processed and release the sugar quickly into the blood, which in turn increases the risk of weight gain and diabetes.
Chilling the rice following it being cooked helps to foster the starch conversion. The result is rice that is healthier, even when heated up again.
The same logic can be applied as well to other foods that are rich in starch.
Potatoes for example go from having the right type of starch to less healthful when mashed or cooked. The process of the heating and cooling of particular vegetables such as sweet potatoes or peas can also alter the starches according to previous studies.
The prospect of have rice that is lower in calories could help out tremendously in dealing with obesity epidemics especially in certain developing nations like India where large quantities of people eat rice.
Although rice is not only the reason for gaining weight, cutting down on calories in rice even by just 10% can have great impact on generations of the future.