Widely consumed and staple food especially for people of Asia and Africa. And now the most avoidable food for youth?
Rice, is the only food that has lots of diversity, from being a staple food for many states, favorable land and weather for harvesting, nutritive value, essential amino acids, easily digestible nature, loved by all age groups in various cuisines still lots of myths are associated with its consumption.
Here in India majority of Japonica and Indica, these two varieties of rice are grown. Indica is majority long grain and low in starch rice (more amylose).
Japonica is a short-grain rice that is used in making sweet dishes as it is more starchy in nature (more amylopectin).
Many myths are associated with eating rice. Here we will BURST THE MYTHS associated to make it less consumable.
MYTH 1: RICE SHOULD NOT BE EATEN IN WEIGHTLOSS.
Rice contains vitamins and minerals and it's also gluten-free since it’s rich in carbs weight watchers try to avoid it.
FACT- You can have rice by portion control or by the inclusion of lots of vegetables in it you can consume it while doing weight loss too.
MYTH 2: BROWN RICE ARE MORE HEALTHIER THAN WHITE RICE.
Brown rice is unpolished rice it means is intact with bran (more fiber), and white rice is polished with the bran removed. In certain diseases where a low fiber diet is required.
FACT- White rice is low in fiber and the long-grain variety of white fiber is low in starch too, by infusing vegetables we can make it more fibrous.
MYTH 3: RICE CAN NOT BE GIVEN TO DIABETIC
Rice is high in glycemic index and people who are on medication or insulin are advised to not eat rice.
FACT- Controlling portion size and infusing vegetables are good options but not for daily. Try to avoid eating it.
MYTH 4: SOUTH INDIANS CAN EAT RICE BEING DIABETIC
This is an absolute myth that people living in the Southern part where rice is more staple than chapati can eat rice and their sugar won’t fluctuate.
FACT- The actual fact is in south India the variety of rice called SWARNA MASURI is grown it has a low glycemic index, low in starch also called “DIABETIC RICE”.