Student discovers way to cut calories of rice in half

A Sri Lankan man has discovered a new method to half the number of calories found in rice, which has been welcomed by experts across the globe.

Rice is a common culinary staple, which can be found everywhere from the custom built kitchens of Ellesmere Port to village eateries in Thailand, so it is not surprising that the news may help to change the way many people cook.

Sudhair James is a student at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka. The undergraduate, along with Dr Pushparajah Thavarajah, his mentor, made it his mission to find out whether changing the way in which a simple foodstuff like rice is prepared could affect its nutritional value.

Together, the pair carried out tests on 38 varieties of rice, preparing them in eight different ways. Although their results differed depending on which strain of rice they cooked, they found a simple solution for reducing the problematic calories in rice.

Speaking at the American Chemical Society’s 249th National Meeting and Exposition, James 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 three per cent 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.”

This method could help to lower the increasing rates of obesity in places like China and India, where rice is heavily consumed.

Posted by Peter
April 11, 2015
Kitchen news

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