Rice Recommends hours-long cooking process
Scientists from the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka have a new recommendation for how to lose weight, according to a report released by ABC Newslate last March. No, it’s not eating more fruits and veggies, and no, it’s not adding more exercise to your daily routine. It’s not “drink more water” either.
Sudhair James, a graduate student from Sri Lanka who performed the study, advises using a “simple” three-step process when cooking rice so that its caloric content is reduced.
That’s it! No more running, no more forcing down that steamed broccoli you hate so much. Just boil your rice, cool it down in the refrigerator and then nuke it in the microwave to help shed those extra pounds.
Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, it is. Not only is it a silly suggestion for how to slim down, but this “simple method” destroys all of the rice’s nutrition, stripping it of any potential it had of providing your body with essential nutrients.
Scientists recommend turning starch into “indigestible form of starch” to reduce rice’s calorie count
James, whose study was supervised by Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajva, recommends boiling rice with a small amount of coconut oil before placing it into the refrigerator. After letting it cool for a few hours, James says to microwave it briefly, and walah! The rice’s calorie count is reduced by as much as 60 percent.
“The hypothesis is that we turn more of the starch into an indigestible form of starch, which reduces the amount of calories the body will absorb,” said Thavarajva in an interview withABC News.
While presenting the research at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Denver, Colorado, James explained how 38 Sri Lankan rice varieties were considered before choosing to test the one with the lowest amount of naturally occurring starch resistant to digestion.
After experimenting with different cooking approaches, researchers decided that the best method was to boil it with oil before decreasing the rice’s temperature.
Researchers claim reducing the calorie content of rice could be a future method for fighting obesity and type 2 diabetes
“The beautiful piece is there was a fifteen-fold increase in the amount of resistant starch after using this method,” James said in the conference. “This led to a 10 to 15 percent calorie reduction.”
ABC News reports:
Starch molecules are shaped like doughnuts, explained Thavarajva. The added oil seeps into the holes of the molecules during cooking to help block digestive enzymes. Cooling the rice then allows the rice molecules to rearrange and pack together more tightly to increase their resistance to digestion, he explained.
The researchers believe their experiment to be such a breakthrough that they think it could one day be used in “commercial preparations” to help fight obesity and type 2 diabetes.
“We as scientists believe that if we are going to do this process on the best varieties and if this method is going to work this could be a massive breakthrough,” said James. “We could lower the calories in rice by 50 to 60 percent.”
Hop on the exercise bike and eat more vegetables!
As many scientists and nutritionists would likely agree, a better way to prevent diabetes and obesity would be to monitor one’s calorie intake, replace junk food with healthy foods and kick up your exercise routine. That’s right, do it the old-fashioned way.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aside from genetics, physical inactivity and being overweight are two factors strongly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.
“An imbalance between caloric intake and physical activity can lead to obesity, which causes insulin resistance and is common in people with type 2 diabetes.”