Rice is a very popular food served in many different types of cuisines. While it is considered a staple in many people’s diets, rice isn’t that good for us. It is high in starch. And our body’s convert this to sugar and then fat.
But you can make some modifications to how you prepare rice to make it healthier. The rice will need to be prepared ahead of time, but if you are looking to lose or maintain your weight, it’ll be worth it.
At the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Sudhair James explained this method of using food chemistry while cooking rice
“What we did is cook the rice as you normally do, but when the water is boiling, before adding the raw rice, we added coconut oil – about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you’re going to cook. After it was ready, we let it cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That’s it.”
Preparing rice this way helps reduce digestible starch and calories. It is changing the composition of the rice without sacrificing taste.
“The oil interacts with the starch in rice and changes its architecture,” said James. “Chilling the rice then helps foster the conversion of starches. The result is a healthier serving, even when you heat it back up.”
They will be continuing to research this to see if the same thing can be done with bread. Being able to eat bread without the concern of wrecking our diets just might make this world a happier place.
Will you try to cook rice this way? Please share your thoughts.
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