It is true that white rice is a highly processed grain and has a high glycemic index. But, the effect that food has on blood sugar, can be altered depending on what is eaten. Researchers in Sri Lanka may have discovered the “Holy Grail” of how to cook rice that could change the way they prepare white rice. They presented their preliminary findings at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, where they claim that cooking white rice with coconut oil makes it healthy.
Research on coconut oil and white rice
Researchers, Sudhair James and Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajah, tested 8 different recipes on 38 varieties of rice. The cooking method which proved to be the best in raising the health of rice included the addition of coconut oil to boiling water, before stirring in raw rice. After cooking, the rice is cooled in the refrigerator and consumed after 12 hours.
When the least healthy of all types of rice was prepared in such a way, their calories were reduced by 10 to 12 percent. The two scientists, who conducted their research at the Faculty of Chemical Sciences in Colombo, say that a greater reduction of calories is possible. They predict that if the right rice variety is prepared with coconut oil, the calories could be reduced by about 50 to 60 percent.
For many people, rice is a regular part of their diet. But a single cup of cooked rice contains 240 calories. Starchy foods can also increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes. The calories of starch in rice are converted to sugar, then converted to fat.
How the method of cooking white rice with coconut oil works
Intuitively, many cultures prepare foods in a way to make them healthier. Some nutrition schools, too, have believed from the outset that mixing certain fats with foods rich in carbohydrates (such as rice) could reduce the blood sugar-raising effect of food.
The method of cooking with coconut oil and then cooling the rice cuts the calories by changing the chemical composition of the rice. The digestible starch is converted into indigestible starch (or resistant starch), so rice is not easily metabolized into glucose – if not used, glucose over time becomes body fat and contributes to weight gain.
One cup of medium-grain white rice usually contains about 246 calories. With this method, the amount of calories is reduced to only 147.
What’s more, sturdy starch is considered a prebiotic and complemented with the function of probiotic foods. It feeds good bacteria in the gut and helps your immunity and digestive processes.
Low-Calorie Cooked Rice Recipe
– Boil 2 cups of water and add a tablespoon of coconut oil (always opt for virgin organic coconut oil)
– Add 1 cup of rice.
– Cook for about 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked.
– Put in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
– Use it cold or reheat it – according to Sri Lanka research, rice keeps its newly acquired benefits even after heating again.
We have already given you a chance to turn white rice into a better option to consume it, since it is healthier when the above method is applied. Even so, it should not now be eaten in unlimited quantities since it is still processed rice. Also, consider using brown rice instead, as it has not been processed like white rice. Brown rice contains the germ and bran, making it a better choice as it retains most of its vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and fiber.
Remember that the properties of coconut oil can make your dishes healthier, so you can start from today to incorporate it as part of your recipes.