Do you eat rice often? For many folks in America and around the world, it's a staple in many meals. But it's packed with calories, and for those of you trying to lose weight, you may have cut back on your carb intake - including rice. What if there was a way to tweak the way you cook it just a little to drastically cut down on calories?
Well, there is. Even though the science behind it sounds complicated, it's easier than you would think. All you need to do is add coconut oil to the boiling water before you add the rice - about 3% of the weight of the amount of rice you're going to cook. Then, after you cook the rice, let it sit in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
I'll let the Washington Post explain the science behind it :
Not all starches, as it happens, are created equal. Some, known as digestible starches, take only a little time to digest, are quickly turned into glucose, and then later glycogen. Excess glycogen ends up adding to the size of our guts if we don't expend enough energy to burn it off. Other starches, meanwhile, called resistant starches, take a long time for the body to process, aren't converted into glucose or glycogen because we lack the ability to digest them, and add up to fewer calories.
In other words, all scientists had to do was reduce the amount of digestible starch in order to reduce calories. In order to find the solution, Dr. Pushparajah Thavarajah and Sudhair James tested eight different recipes on 38 different kinds of rice found in Sri Lanka.
Right now, this process contributes to 10 to 12% reduction in calories, but James and Thavarajah are hopeful they can reduce calories by up to 60%.