Rice is a common food used in many dishes, mostly since it can be combined with almost anything, also it is healthy, cheap and available anywhere. Most recipes include rice and most cuisines too, since you can find many cultures in USA. Everyone eats rice, regardless if he prefers Italian, Chinese or some other traditional cuisine.
The USDA said Americans eat lots of rice and an average person gets 500 calories more than needed. No wonder obesity is a major issue in USA.
The starchy foods with rice might harm the health since they increase diabetes risk. In 1 cup cooked rice you have 240 calories. These are in the shape of a starch and this turns to sugar later, and lastly, to fat!
But a group of experts of College of Chemical Sciences, Sri Lanka, made up this idea of burning fat and getting just half the calories!
Their idea was using just 1 item with the rice. Coconut oil. Add this in the rice for getting just 50% of the calories.
The secret of mixing rice and coconut oil
This method makes you increase the RS content in plain white rice. So, first cook the rice as usual. The next step is just adding 1 tsp coconut oil in the boiling water before you add the rice inside. That is it!
Let this simmer for 40 minutes and then refrigerate the rice for 12 hours.
This method is amazing for those that have diabetes or are obese. It makes raising in resistant starch content by 10 times. This goes for plain, non-fortified rice.
Is this method working and how?
James said that in this cooking process, the coconut gets in the starch granules and makes all sugars really resistant to digestive enzymes. Then in the cooling process there is a stimulated gel-amylase.
The rice releases the starch it has during that 12 hour cooling part. Starch will bind to molecules outside rice and sugar is turned to resistant starches. If you must, you can reheat the rice since heat will not affect it.
In other words, if you reduce digestible rice in the steamed rice you cook, you also get fewer ingested calories.
This needs more research for sure, since experts did not find yet which rice is the best for the calorie intake. Also it is needed to know if oils of other kinds are just as good as the coconut oil.
Rice is certainly not the healthiest food there is, so at least include more fiber foods like quinoa, barley, sweet potato, leafy and green veggies, cauliflower, squash and mushrooms.