There is an age-old adage, “calories in, calories out” associated with weight loss. But it was nothing more than a generalization of a quite complex problem. If we look at facts, it is clear that we Americans eat without any limitations.
The USDA reports that an average American consumes an extra 500 calories than what is needed daily. According to other experts, we are taking over 100% more than the food that is needed. This average is more than the 1970 average by 20%. This comes down to an extra steak sandwich daily. So would you be surprised to realize that we Americans are so overweight?
You must follow this innovative way to cook your rice to cut down on your caloric absorption by up to 60%. Sudhair James from the Sri Lankan College of Chemical Sciences presented this new method of cooking rice at the world’s largest scientific society – the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society or ACS.
James also found a method to make rice turn resistant starch which is indigestible. This prevents starch/sugar from getting absorbed and entering your bloodstream.
Most of the starches are easily digestible, but they immediately convert into glucose or sugar in our blood. The excess amount of glucose thus formed is what will result in obesity and different types of health problems. Most of the starch will usually be stored in your liver and muscles in the form of glycogen.
But resistant starches (RS) are something that will pass through your small intestines as undigested. When they enter the large intestines, the good microbes are able to consume them as food. All this helps in minimizing the risk of excess glucose in your blood and supports your healthy colon cells.
Another great thing about RS is that it helps with the process of natural fat-burning and healthy elimination.
So what was the key ingredient used by James to increase the RS part in white rice?
He used coconut oil in the following steps:
– He added 1 tsp coconut oil into boiling water.
– Allow the oil to dissolve. Then stir in 1/2 cup rice.
– Allow it to simmer until the rice is fully cooked (approximately 40 minutes). According to researchers, alternatively you can boil thrice for 20 to 25 minutes.
– Once boiled, refrigerate the rice for 12 hours before you eat it. This may be seen as a leftover. However, those having weight problems or blood sugar will find it to be quite beneficial.
It is going to help increase resistant starch content 10x compared to non-fortified, traditional rice.
How Does this Method Work?
James also explains how his method works. During the cooking process, the coconut oil will enter the starch granules. This will make the sugar resistant towards your digestive enzymes. This prevents it from breaking down and getting digested. When the rice is cooled for 12 hours, it causes binding the starch (amylose) to molecules on the outer part of rice. This process will turn rice sugar into resistant starch. When you reheat the rice, it will not affect the RS levels in any way.
Currently, additional studies are underway for learning the rice types that can be best for reducing calorie to the max. Studies are also focused on finding other oils that may produce the same effects as coconut.
If you are a rice enthusiast, this is certainly a big news for you. But you shouldn’t be too excited to go overboard. This is because rice doesn’t rank high in the list of nutrient-rich foods. You don’t want to overeat it because it may disrupt your blood sugar levels. You can chose from various other alternatives to be a side dish for your meals. It is recommended to choose foods which are rich in nutrients and fibers. Some of the best examples include barley, quinoa, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, squash and cauliflower.
Source: The Hearty Soul