There are numerous health benefits that rice can offer such as providing fast and instant energy, improving bowel movements, stabilizing blood sugar levels, slowing down the aging process, while it is also a rich source of vitamin B1 for the human body.
Moreover, it is great for your skin, your metabolism, blood pressure, and your immunity.
Rice is a fundamental food in many cultures around the world, especially in the eastern cultures. It is pretty easy to prepare and it does not take a lot of time.
Cooking Rice in a Way that can Help you Lose Weight
Rice abounds in resistant starch, which reaches the bowel in an undigested form. Resistant starch stimulates the growth of the good bacteria in the bowels, and helps in normal bowel movements.
Rice is also a powerful diuretic which can help you lose the excess water weight and get rid of all the toxins from the body that accumulate through the food.
It also high in fiber and as a result it increases bowel movement and it can protect against various types of cancer as well as lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
However, contrary to other cereals, rice has one disadvantage – it does not help you losing weight, so you can add a few extra pounds and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
That is because white rice is processed so that the bran is removed, which is the outer part of the rice. As a result that rice has a lot of calories and poor nutritional value.
In fact, one cup of white rice contains 200 calories which is mostly pure starch and not a lot of healthy ingredients.
You can Make White Rice Healthier
Recent studies have shown that there is a way you can improve the value of white rice. It is a simple trick in the process of cooking it which adds to its nutritional value.
One of the doctors who conducted the study on the nutritional value of rice said that he put the rice in the boiling water and added some coconut oil in it.
He added about 3% of the amount of rice and after the rice has been cooked he left it in the fridge for 12 hours.
How does this Trick Improve the Quality of White Rice?
The boiling water that the rice is cooked in makes the rice, i.e. the starch in the rice, easy to digest. Your body converts the starch into sugar and then glycogen, so it can be stored as fat.
This process is made faster by putting the rice into boiling water, instead of frying it or preparing it in other ways which makes the rice hard to digest.
The coconut oil reduces the proportion of starch that can be easily digested. You can any other lipid, any cooking fat to achieve that. The oil actually changes the structure of the starch and makes it even more digestible.
The cooling process is the last stage and this process lowers the calories in the rice. When you put the rice in the fridge for 12 hours after you have cooked it, you are making it possible for the starch to be stiffened up in its ‘harder’ form, and even if you heat the rice again, it will have a lot less calories.