Healthy Rice

Did you know that some clever scientists have discovered a hack for making white rice Healthy?

For many countries rice is an essential, someetimes the only, food staple. I was watching a story about Cambodia last night. Many families only eat rice because that is all they can afford.

White rice is the culprit when it comes to poor nutrition. A cupful of cooked rice has 200 starchy calories. On digestion it turns into sugar.  And from there, often into fat.

Undertstanding and using the magic of science, the  clever tweak discovered by a couple of scientists, makes it much healthier.

You too can become like Heston Blumenthal in the kitchen. Well, it’s not a showy thing, this tweak.  Here’s what they said –

“What we did is cook the rice as you normally do, but when the water is boiling, before adding the raw rice, we added coconut oil—about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you’re going to cook… After it was ready, we let it cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That’s it.”

“The oil interacts with the starch in rice and changes its architecture,” said James. “Chilling the rice then helps foster the conversion of starches. The result is a healthier serving, even when you heat it back up.”

Raili Tanska

Become a kitchen scientist


12 thoughts on “Healthy Rice

  1. An interesting idea Raili. How does that work though?
    I was interested in the way that they are using GM to add genes into rice that can increase protein and vitamins and make it a more nutritious meal.
    So much happening in science!

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