Thursday, October 22, 2020
10/22/2020 TODAY'S TIP
Add Coconut Oil to Rice
Good news for carb lovers: Scientists discovered an easy way to slim down any bowl of rice by as much as 60 percent! And the best part is that you don't need a fancy lab or a PhD. to make the slimmed-down dish.
Here's how to whip it up: Add a teaspoon of coconut oil and a half cup of non-fortified white rice to a pot of boiling water. Cook it for about 40 minutes.
Stick it in the refrigerator for 12 hours and enjoy the rice either cold or reheated.
How does such a simple cooking hack— that adds fat, no less—slash calories?
When the rice begins to cool, its glucose molecules form tight bonds called "resistant starch." This type of starch, as the name implies, is resistant to digestion, meaning that the body is not able to absorb as many calories or as much of the glucose (a nutrient that's stored as fat if it's not burned off) from each molecule.
While you may be hesitant to add the oft-vilified oil to your pot, it actually plays an integral role in the process.
As the rice cooks, the fat molecules find their way into the rice and act as an additional digestion barrier.
Best of all, the research team found that reheating the rice didn't change the levels of resistant starch (as it does with pasta and potatoes).
Deeming this calorie slashing cooking hack safe for leftovers, too.