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Rice is not only versatile and easy to cook—but also light on the stomach. No surprise then that this grain has been an integral part of the Indian diet since forever. That said, rice has always been surrounded by this misconception that it can make you fat. And for the longest time, it has been depicted in a bad light. But is it really that bad for you?
The answer is NO! While rice is a source of carbohydrates, it also has 4 to 5 grams of protein in one serving and almost no fat. Other than that, it is also a good source of vitamin B and antioxidants.
Not convinced? Well, then read about the six health benefits of white rice:
While you might have heard that white rice has starch and is comparatively high on the glycemic index, the truth is that when accompanied by other foods such as vegetables, it can prevent blood sugar spikes. But if you are diabetic, check with your doctor before including it in your diet.
Rice is a hypoallergenic food and also a blessing for people who are allergic to gluten or have celiac disease. A gluten-free grain, rice can also be easily turned into flour, noodles, and bread for people who opt for gluten-free options.
Since rice is carb-rich food, it provides a lot of energy very quickly. And that’s why even athletes prefer white rice over brown rice when they need an energy boost.
When you opt for wholegrain rice, you help your heart health out. Even the American Heart Association agrees that whole grains improve blood cholesterol levels and further reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.
Not just easy to cook, rice is also very easy to digest. Unlike brown rice, white rice doesn’t have a compound called phytic acid,an anti-nutrient which causes digestive issues. For days when eating dinner at a reasonable hour is an impossible feat, nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar suggests opting for dal-chawal since rice is easy to digest and can even improve sleep quality.
Even when you eat refined white rice, you get a hefty dose of soluble fibre i.e. resistant starch called butyrate. Butyrate can boost your gut health by reducing any inflammation. That’s the reason why people are often advised to have boiled rice in case of diarrhoea.