Are you among the ones who love rice but are always confused about how to consume it and whether it causes weight gain, then read on to bust many myths on rice
The Hush Post: Rice is the staple food in many Indian states and is also widely consumed in most parts of the world. Despite this, there are a lot of myths which envelop the true nutritional value of rice, which is one reason there are quite a few apprehensions attached to it.
People have had many doubts about rice, like if white rice is healthier than brown rice, can eating rice lead to weight gain, is it okay to eat rice at night, etc.
White rice contains less fibre as compared to brown rice. Brown rice even contains more vitamins and minerals. Brown rice contains manganese, selenium, phosphorus and magnesium. So, let’s
take a look at popular myths about rice you should never believe.
Myth 1: Rice contains gluten
It is a very popular myth that rice has gluten. But the fact remains that rice is gluten-free and does not cause allergens which are associated with other grains. Foods which have high gluten are considered to be unsafe for people with diabetes and those who are on a weight loss regime.
Myth 2: Rice is fattening
This myth is probably the reason why the trending fad diets today do not include rice consumption at all. However, this is not true. Why would dieticians suggest eating rice as safe and healthy? Rice is easy to digest, is low in fat and is also cholesterol free. It contains carbs and is thus a good source of energy.
Myth 3: Rice has no protein
Protein is the second most abundant nutrient in rice. 1 cup of rice contains around 3-4 grams of protein. This amount is high as compared to other grains.
Myth 4: Rice has high salt
This is purely a myth. Sodium content in rice is quite low. Therefore, eating rice at dinner does not cause weight gain
Myth 5: Eating rice for dinner makes you fat
The fact is that rice is easy to digest and is helpful in improving quality of sleep. It increases leptin sensitivity. Leptin is produced by a fatty tissue which is responsible for regulation of fat storage in the body. Moreover, foods high in carbs can be eaten at night as they get metabolised into glucose. At night, glucose gets more readily converted into energy at night. When grains like rice are consumed during the day, the glucose converts into fat more readily.
Myth 6: Rice is difficult to digest
Exactly the opposite of this myth is actually true. Enzymes which are secreted in the human digestive tract are good at digesting rice. Rather, many nutritionists are of the belief that rice is a prebiotic, which is a food for probiotic. Rice can help in having a strong gut and helps in keeping constipation at bay. As per Aryuveda, rice is suitable for all kinds of constitutions or doshas – pitta, vata and kapha.
Myth 7: Brown rice is healthier than white rice
Brown rice maybe considered healthier because of their high fibre content it contains. This is the reason why fitness experts promote consumption of brown rice over white rice. But excessive fibre in brown rice can interfere with absorption of certain minerals in the body like zinc. These minerals are important for insulin function in the body. Hand-pounded single polished white rice is perfectly healthy to consume.
Myth 8: Diabetics should not have rice
In India, people usually eat rice along with dahi, sabzi, dal or ghee. Eating rice in such combinations reduces glycemic index of meals. Thus, it is completely safe for diabetics to have rice. At the same time, this doesn’t imply that people with diabetes can have as much as rice as they want. Excess of anything is bad and even rice consumption is fine until it is done in limited quantities.
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