One cup of cooked rice contains around 240 starchy calories that can be quickly converted into fat if they’re not burnt off. But researchers in Sri Lanka have discovered a new, simple way of cooking the grain that dramatically cuts its calories by as much as 50 percent, and also offers some other important health benefits.
All you need to do is get a pot of water boiling, but before adding your raw rice, you add coconut oil – about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you’re going to add.
« After it was ready, we let it cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That’s it, » told Sudhair James, an undergraduate chemistry student from the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka, who led the research with his supervisor. To eat it, you simply pop it in the microwave. Then, you have a « fluffy white rice » that is significantly better for you.
They tested eight different ways of cooking rice on 38 different types of the grain found in Sri Lanka, and they discovered that by adding a fat such as coconut oil before cooking, and then immediately cooling the rice, they could change the starch composition of the end result so that it contained more resistant starch, which aren’t broken down into glucose in the stomach, so they have a lower calorie content.
Source: Science Alert