What’s the problem with rice?
Rice has high starch content, which is one of the main reasons why people tend to avoid it. Rice is slightly high in calories and carbs, and since carbohydrates are generally associated with sugar, people tend to stay away as much as possible.
But don’t worry – it’s not all bad news…
Carbs in white rice are actually healthy since they are not refined. They help your body obtain your energy supply better than the quick energy bursts you get from carbohydrates that are refined. The starch is the main thing that contributes to the rice's calories.
Fortunately, scientists have found a way to reduce the calories in rice by half
Research led by Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajah, and presented at the 249th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, showed that white rice can be boiled with lipids to reduce the amount of unhealthy starch found in it.
First off, there are two main types of starch: one that is easily digestible and one that’s resistant. Our bodies don’t have the enzymes needed to digest the resistant kind, which means it can’t break down that starch and transform it into the sugar that typically gets absorbed into the bloodstream. So, if we can find a way to get the rice to have more resistant starch, rather than digestible ones, we can avoid that extra sugar in the body.
Okay, so what is this technique?
The proper technique is to boil white rice with lipids. That the lipid in this instance needed for this technique is coconut oil. Coconut oil is an ingredient found in many recipes and it is very healthy for the body. The process:
- Prepare the rice to be boiled as normal
- Add coconut oil to the water (3% of the weight of the rice)
- Boil as normal
- When boiled, place the rice in a fridge for 12 hours
Just try the hack tonight!
Your final product is now 50% healthier! Preparing white rice this way restricts the amount of digestible starch, which in turn lowers its calorie content. In other words, it does this by reducing the level of glycogen and replaces it with resistant starch, which means your body doesn’t absorb it. If you body is not absorbing it, you are not adding excess calories to your body!