Last month in Denver, the American Chemical Society announced findings that changed my foodie life. If you haven't heard, I'm happy to share the news AND the culinary trick to cutting up to half of the digestible calories in white rice.
Researchers in Sri Lanka discovered that cooking (non-fortified) white rice with a tiny bit of coconut oil and then chilling it for at least 12 hours will change the rice's chemical properties, effectively cutting its digestible calories up to half (or more) while adding health benefits. And, yes, you can reheat it after the chilling and the calories will stay cut.
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Sadly, I never could make a lasting commitment to that other rice. You know (shhh...), brown rice. I tried everything—couple’s therapy, vacations abroad—but I just kept returning for my white rice fix.
Now the guilt is gone, along with much of the bad starch and half the calories...
Calories in Your Rice
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yields 1-1/2 cups of cooked rice.
(1) Add 1 teaspoon coconut oil
to rapidly boiling water.
(I use 1-1/4 cups water.)
(2) Stir in 1/2 cup of uncooked white rice
(3) Turn down the heat to a simmer,
cover with a lid, and cook for at least
20 minutes or up to 40 (until done).
(The 20 minute minimum ensures the
chemical process will take place.)
You can reheat this rice
my easy veggie fried rice recipe
below, and it will retain its lower
digestible calorie profile.
Some Q & As...
COOKING TIPS: Here's a good trick to prevent burning. Turn off the heat when the cooking process is nearly through. Allow the hot pan to sit on the warm burner and continue cooking the rice until the water is completely absorbed and the rice is cooked.
Will you taste the flavor of coconut? Yes. And I find it delicious. If you're not a fan of the flavor, no worries. Using the rice in other recipes (like my veggie fried rice below) the coconut flavor is diluted against the other flavors in the recipe.
What kind of coconut oil? Look for unrefined, cold pressed coconut oil, ideally virgin. Some brands are better than others. To learn more, visit one of my favorite old recipe posts for Chocolate Ricotta Muffins, where I shared my favorite brand of coconut oil and a link for more suggestions. Click here for the chocolate muffin recipe.
made this discovery give his original Press Conference
Presentation at the 2015 American Chemical Society
meeting in Denver.
click here to view it on YouTube.
Cleo Coyle's Fast
Veggie Fried Rice
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recipe PDF, and...