Top rice myths busted

Top rice myths busted

November 28, 2016

Rice is one of the most misunderstood foods. Though studies suggest that the high carbohydrate and starch levels found in rice are the reasons why most people opt out of it, some researchers say certain nutritional benefits make rice a healthy choice. We bust myths about rice here. 

Myth: Rice contains gluten.
Fact: Rice is gluten-free and the most non-allergenic of all grains. 

Myth: Rice is fattening.
Fact: Rice is low in fat and cholesterol free. It is a good source of energy because of the carbohydrates present in it. Carbs help the body carry out its functions and everyday growth and repair. Basmati rice offers a range of low-fat rice. 

Myth: Rice does not contain protein.
Fact: After carbohydrate, protein is the second-most abundant nutrient found in rice. Rice protein is considered to be of the highest quality compared to other grains. 

Myth: Rice has high amounts of salt.
Fact: Rice contains negligible amounts of sodium. It is considered as a super food and safe to consume by people who watch their salt intake. 

Myth: Eating rice at night will make you fat.
Fact: High carb foods that are digested to form glucose include rice, wheat, rye and millets. These foods should be eaten at night, so that after they are digested (it takes two hours to digest complex carbohydrates), the glucose which is absorbed into the blood, will more readily convert into energy. These foods should not be consumed during the day, when glucose more readily converts into fat. 

Myth: Rice can push up your cholesterol level
Fact: Cholesterol is only found in animal- derived foods, meat, eggs, milk, so rice has no cholesterol. The amount of cholesterol in food doesn't have a huge effect on one's cholesterol levels - what counts is the amount of fat, particularly saturated fat - and rice is low in that too. As well, cholesterol can be lowered by the consumption of a high fibre diet, and brown rice has plenty of fibre. So rice may actually help decrease cholesterol levels - provided you don't eat it with a fat filled cuisine 

Myth: Rice has low nutrition value
Fact: White rice is a good source of calories. In fact, 1 cup of cooked white rice contains 165 calories, while 1 cup of parboiled rice contains 205 calories. It is a good source of proteins and potassium. Rice contains important B and E vitamins, potassium and magnesium. Brown rice scores over white rice with higher levels of phosphorous, magnesium, selenium, sodium and zinc than white rice.