Eating rice and getting fat have been linked together, and not for bad reasons either. A cup of rice has about 200 calories. Rice is the staple diet in the majority of South-East Asia. It seems for most people in this part of the world, a meal is not complete if some rice is not included in the platter. But what about the sagging belly and love handles? Well, fret no more. A research presented at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society’s showed that a simple hack can cutdown calories contained in Rice by at least 15% and for certain rice types by as much as 60%.
Pushaparaja Thavarajah of College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka supervised the study. According to the study, rice has 2 types of starch, digestible and resistant. Digestible starch gets broken down easily and absorbed into the bloodstream. Humans, however, lack the enzymes to digest the resistant starch. Hence it gets passed into the colon where it is slowly broken down into short-chain fatty acids and fed to good bacteria colonies. Researchers noted that if the amount of resistant starch could be increased in the rice, that would immediately cut down the calorific intake arising from rice eating.
A simple solution was to add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil into boiling water and then boiling half a cup of rice. The cooked rice is then refrigerated for 12 hours. The fat molecules forced themselves into the loosely bound molecular structure of boiled rice and make it resistant to digestion. Rice prepared this way is observed to contain 10 times the resistant starch of regularly prepared rice. Scientists are hopeful that with certain kinds of rice, the calorific intake can be reduced so much that you won’t have to worry about your calories while eating rice again.