He Eats Rice Guilt-Free - His Cooking Secrets Will Change My Diet Forever
PantryCooker Staff 10/16/2018
Great news carb lovers: Now you can slash more than half of the calories from one of your favorite yet forbidden foods.
A Beloved Carb-Heavy Food
We're talking about that starchy and always comforting staple, white rice. Cheap and easy to make, rice is great with stir-fries, cold salads and our favorite, rice pudding. But yummy as it is, rice is not that good for you: one cup of cooked rice has about 240 calories.
Introducing Weird (And Great) Science
Recently, Sri Lankan researchers presenting to the American Chemical Society, revealed a way to cut the number of calories your body gets from rice by up to 60 percent. It's an exciting development since we are all trying to eat healthier and reduce obesity. Not only that, but scientists believe this new cooking method can also slash carbs in other starchy favorites like potatoes and oatmeal.
First Step In Zapping Calories
Getting more than half of the calories out of rice is basically a two-step process. The first step requires boiling water and then adding two teaspoons of coconut oil with a cup of non-fortified white rice and letting it simmer for 20 to 40 minutes.
Adding coconut oil makes the rice's starch granules more resistant to your body's digestive enzymes. In other words, it makes it harder your body to convert the rice into sugar, or ultimately, fat. The coconut oil actually changes the rice's molecular structure to make it more difficult for your body to break down.
Don't Forget The Crucial Second Step
After cooking the rice, you need to refrigerate it for at least a half of a day. By doing so, you are not only increasing the rice's resistance, you are also improving its fiber content and its digestibility, Sudhair James, a chemistry researcher from the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka, told The Washington Post.
"After it was ready, we let it (the rice) cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That's it.''
Then, feel free to reheat the rice. Its resistance is already "set'' and cooking it further won't change its calorie count, researchers say. Can you say lots of leftovers?
What Else Researchers Are Cooking Up
Next up, the Sri Lankan researchers are going to work with other oils such as sunflower oil to see if they too, can be used in cooking to help cut calories. Also up for study: Can this technique be used on white rice's more nutritious cousin, brown rice? Perhaps someday we will be able to buy pre-packaged rice that has already been cooked in some kind of fat and then cooled. This "skinny'' rice could be microwavable and ready for serving in minutes, researchers say.
More Hope For Carb Lovers
The Sri Lankans got the idea for their research from British studies that looked at if cooked and cooled pasta had fewer calories than pasta straight out of the boiling pot. Equally great news for carb fans: the technique seems to work on pasta as well.
So, what is stopping you from whipping up a big batch of yummy white rice right now? Thanks to science, you can indulge in one of your favorite food vices!
Sources: BBC, The Washington Post, American Chemical Society