Rice is one of the most cultivated grain in the world!
If you have been following my blog for a bit, you may know my heritage background is Chinese. Being Chinese, rice is my essential source of carbohydrate. Fried rice, steam rice, purple rice, brown rice, sushi, rice liquor, zong zi… can’t live without rice :p Besides the Asian population who loves rice, the rest of the World loves rice too!
The past few years, white has been getting negative publicity and brown rice is supposedly be the better choice. However, this is not true. They both have pros and cons:
- White rice has higher glycemic index value than brown rice. yes brown rice you won this round.
- In term of nutritional value, brown and white rice is about the same. Brown rice barely beats white rice.
- In term of cause any digestive issue (bloating, cramp, constipation..) white rice has an advantage over the brown.
- According to 2012 reports from Consumer Report and the FDA report both show brown rice contains more arsenic than white rice. If you eat alot of rice like me, this does matters.
- Brown rice has more calories per cup than white rice.
- Brown rice has more carb per cup than white rice
- Brown rice has more micronutrients.
Which rice should you eat? Personally, I love the taste of white rice and which one is technically better for you, the debate could go on forever. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy my white rice guilt-free, thanks to coconut oil!
Cooking coconut oil and rice together can cut down the calories. Some says by 10-12%, and some says up to 60%. According to Dr.OZ, it cut calories down by 50%. Regardless what the actual calories it can cut down, I can now enjoy my rice guilt free.
How does this work?
Coconut oil binds to the digestible starch in the rice. Starch is the one that converts to glucose. Once starch and oil binds, the digestible starch begins to crystallize, creating another form of resistant starch. With cooling of the rice after cooking, it promotes to leading increase in resistant starch compare to normally prepared white rice.
Why resistant starch matters?
Not all starch are created equal. our bodies convert digestible starch into glucose, which raise blood sugar level. We do not digest resistant starch, so it doesn’t raise blood glucose level at all.
Whats the benefit of cooking rice with coconut oil?
Lower calories and lower carb rice.
What you need to do?
For every one cup of rice, add 1-3 tbsp of coconut oil. Either add into boiling water while cooking the rice or put it in with the rice in the rice cooker.