Rice as a common ingredient in our dishes owes its use to the fact that it goes well with other foods. Also, it is cheap and easily available. Many cuisines use rice, and you get rice in dish regardless of whether you are eating Italian, Chinese or other tasty food.
By many researches, Americans consume tons of rice. An average American gets 500 calories more than the recommended intake, and no wonder why obesity became major issue in the US, right?
Starchy foods along rice harm health, because of the risk of developing diabetes. One cup of cooked rice has 240 calories as starch, which later turns into sugar and eventually in fat.
Group of researchers in Sri Lanka came with the idea of how to burn fat and absorb just half of the calories.
In this method, it was used one single ingredient along with rice, and it is coconut oil. If you want to decrease the absorption of the calories by amazing 50% just add healthy amount of coconut oil.
The secret of this
First, just cook rice as usual, and just add one additional step to it – a teaspoon of coconut oil to the boiling water before adding the rice in.
The simmering part takes 40 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
Store the rice in the fridge for about 12 hours, and then it is ready to eat.
This method raises resistant starch content up to 10 times. That applies to non-fortified, traditional, rice.
How does it work?
During this cooking process coconut oil is getting inside the starch granules which makes sugars resistant to digestive enzymes, and the next thing is- the cooling process which is stimulating the so-called ‘gel’ amylase.
Rice releases starch in 12-hour cooling part. This starch binds with molecules outside the rice and its sugar transforms into a resistant starch. If necessary, reheat the rice because heat cannot change its chemical composition.
In other words reducing digestible rice in steamed rice will also cut off calories.
Experts have not found yet which type of rice works better, but also it is necessary to determine whether other oils have same power and effect as coconut oil.
Well known is that rice is not the healthiest food we get. We must consider eating fiber-rich foods as quinoa and sweet potatoes, or barley, as well leafy green veggies, mushrooms and squash.