Cooking Method Reduces Calories in Rice

How to Cook Rice and Reduce CaloriesEssentially, the procedure for reducing the calories in white rice involves cooking it along with a small amount of coconut oil and freezing it shortly after it is cooked. The method was devised by a talented student attending the College of Chemical Sciences, Colombo. This student reduced the calories in white rice by between ten and twelve percent using this method alone.

The student hypothesizes that when it comes to higher-quality rice, achieving a fifty or sixty percent caloric reduction may be possible. Essentially, the method works by increasing rice’s levels of resistant starch concentrations, thus reducing the calories in white rice.

Researcher Sudhair James reports that they cooked the rice in the usual fashion, but added coconut oil to the boiling water just before they put in the rice in order to reduce the calories in white rice. The coconut oil that they used was the equivalent of three percent of the weight of the rice. The rice was otherwise cooked normally, but it was refrigerated for twelve hours afterwards. Sudhair James went before the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in order to discuss these findings, which are dazzling the chemistry community.

When it comes to the calories in white rice under normal circumstances, people can expect to absorb two hundred forty calories for every eight-ounce portion, which involves starch that can and cannot be digested. Humans digest starch rapidly and convert it to glucose and ultimately glycogen, which is turned into fat when there’s an excessive amount that isn’t burned afterwards.

What researchers are doing here is changing digestible starch into resistant starch, so it will ultimately have fewer calories for humans. They are reducing the calories in white rice by chemically changing the rice. The body takes a long time to eliminate resistant starches, and they will not be converted into usable energy in the form of calories. It is a sophisticated means of reducing the calories in white rice.

Sudhair James conducted experiments involving thirty-eight varieties of Sri Lanka rice and eight different recipes. Coconut oil is popular in the cuisine of Sri Lanka, which is why it was one of the primary candidates when it came to the experimental lipids. The fact that it could be so instrumental in changing the calories in white rice is an interesting twist of fate.

The starch granules and the oil interact during the cooking process in such a way that the starch is no longer effected by the same human digestive enzymes. Keeping the rice cool more or less helps keep the starches in that state. The amylose seeps out of the granules and the amylose molecules develop hydrogen bonds as a result of being cooled, which ultimately results in the formation of resistant starch according to Sudhair James. The calories in white rice go down as a result.

A huge portion of the world relies on white rice as a primary food source, and reducing the calories in white rice by only ten percent could make all the difference for people today and people in the future. Many experts have seen the health benefits associated with resistant starch, particularly in juxtaposition to the calories in white rice and other foods.

Resistant starch is, in fact, one type of the dietary fiber that dietitians have been recommending for generations now. It makes food more filling and it has almost nothing but health benefits for people who don’t have GI tract problems. While people with GI tract problems can get digestive problems from too much resistant starch, it is healthy even for them. This new cooking technique will reduce the calories in white rice and make it healthier.


The Surprising Truth About Calories

calories-300x199Expert nutritionists and clinical dieticians are now warning that calorie counting does not always work. For maximum weight loss, they say that smart eating will help you to suppress your hunger and feel fuller for longer. You should focus on eating the right sort of calories, rather than on the amount of calories in your daily diet.

If you go on counting but ignore where the calories are coming from, you will become hungry more quickly. By learning about foods that keep you feeling fuller, you could easily drop another 100 calories from a meal.

Smart Calories versus Empty Calories


TV doctor Chris van Tulleken explains why not all calories are equal. It’s because eating more of the type of food that is harder for the body to digest is better than consuming calories that contain very little nutrition.

The empty calories you get from sugary drinks and sweets, for example, will not satisfy your hunger or thirst, so you keep on wanting to eat and drink more. Even something that is good for you, like yogurt, will not be very satisfying and can contain empty calories in the flavourings.

Eating more bulky foods will fill you up and keep hunger pangs away for longer. The most satisfying types of food you can eat are protein foods and things that score low on the Glycaemic Index, which help your body to burn fat more efficiently. Your hunger is satisfied for longer when you eat beans, cheese, eggs and nutritional foods that take longer to digest, such as broccoli and kale.

A bowl of vegetable soup will satisfy your hunger more than if you were to eat all the ingredients separately, because the extra water content makes soup more filling.

If you have more bulky food in your main course, you won’t be tempted to follow it up with a high-calorie dessert.


The Way Food is Cooked Will Make a Difference


A single serving of steak and chips can add up to 1,000 calories, but the way it is cooked can reduce the amount of calories and make it more filling.

Steak takes longer to digest when it’s served rare, so it’s less calorific than when a steak that is served well-done. Shaking the oil off chips after frying, and then adding some broccoli, is an effective way to reduce the fat content and add some nutritious bulk.

Clinical dietician Rick Miller, who is also spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, explains that the consistency and texture of food has an effect on the amount of energy used in digesting it. He says that more calories are used by the body when consuming the sort of food that requires more chewing. Few or no calories are used when digesting highly processed and soft foods.


Foods That Use Up More Energy to Digest


High protein food that is low in fat takes longer for the body to digest, so you might use up to twenty times the amount of energy when digesting chicken than is used for digesting soft processed foods that are high in fats.

There is also a difference between eating a slice of white bread spread with smooth peanut butter and a wholemeal slice with peanut butter. They might both have the same calorie value, but the extra energy that it takes to digest the grains in wholemeal bread means that more calories are used by your body.

A fruit flapjack and a fruit muffin can contain the same amount of calories, but your digestive system has to break down the oats in a flapjack, so there will be more calories used than if you had just eaten a soft muffin.


Fast Foods and Ready Meals


Food researcher Zoe Harcombe has written a book on The Obesity Epidemic, and she reveals the fact since the 1970s the obesity rate has increased six-fold. This is despite a UK National Food Survey in the year 2000 that showed we were consuming 25% fewer calories then than in the 1970s.

By sticking to counting calories and ignoring the facts, the people of Britain have been putting on weight while consuming fewer calories. According to the clinical director of the National Obesity Forum, Dr Matthew Capehorn, counting calories is less effective now because more people are eating microwavable ready meals and buying fast food from their local takeaways.

There is evidence to show that anything which alters the structure of food, to make it easier to cook, is also adding more calories. Ready meals that are meant to be heated in a microwave, and takeaway food that is designed for fast cooking, are easy to digest, so your body is not using up any calories when you are consuming ready meals or fast food.


Drinking Adds Extra Empty Calories


Recent research shows that most people are unaware of how many calories they consume through drinking, or how much extra weight can be put on by downing a regular pint of beer or enjoying a few glasses of sparkling wine every week.


A comparison chart compiled by The Royal Society for Public Health reveals that:

  • There are as many calories in a pint of lager as in a small piece of chocolate cake
  • In a 250ml glass of white wine there are as many calories as in four fish fingers
  • An alcopop has as many calories as a slice of pizza
  • A pina colada and a Big Mac have the same amount of calories


Daily Calorie Consumption


The recommended daily amount for women is no more than 2,000 calories and for men it’s 2,500. Dr van Tulleken explains that even a few extra calories a day can present a danger. If you were to consume an extra 100 calories each day for ten years, you would add another stone to your weight.

It’s very easy to have a few biscuits with a cup of tea, but it’s important to remember that four digestive biscuits are the equivalent in calories to one hamburger.


The Truth About Burning Off Calories


It takes 30 minutes of running to burn off the calories in two pints of lager, and an hour of cycling to burn off a double Baileys. The bad news is that men have the ability to burn calories faster than women, even without doing any exercise. When sitting on a sofa watching TV, a woman will be burning fewer calories than the man beside her.

The surprising news is that the same amount of calories can be burned during a morning of housework as will be used up during a strenuous workout.

An experiment carried out for the TV show The Truth About Calories reveals that there is a big difference between the calories burned by the women and the men. After eating a fry-up of 600 calories, three couples were assessed for the amount of energy used for three different activities.

One couple spent the morning sitting down, the second couple spent an hour at the gym and the third pair spent three hours doing housework. Nick and Margaret spent their morning doing some house cleaning. He used 862 calories and she used 629, which is the equivalent of a strenuous workout, and the task left them feeling exhausted.

Jim and Elaine spent their morning lifting weights in a gym. He burned off 834 calories and she used 729. After Patrick and Roma had spent all morning sitting on a sofa, he had used up 640 calories, while his wife burned up only 292. This is because Patrick has a lot of lean muscle and Roma weighs much less than he does.

Dr van Tulleken explains that women burn fewer calories than men when they are at rest, because generally their weight is lower than a man’s and they will not have developed as much muscle mass.

The amount of calories burned off in a day can be likened to the number of miles that a car can do to the gallon. Unfortunately the amount of fuel we can put into our bodies is not limited like it is by a car’s fuel tank. The more fuel we put into ourselves, which is not used up, the more our bodies will store it as fat.


Tories: ‘Lose Weight Or Lose Benefits’



Anyone that is unable to work due because they are obese or have alcohol or drug problems may lose their sickness benefits if they do not get treatment, David Cameron says.  If the Tories win the election, obese people will either have to “lose weight or lose benefits”.

100,000 people who claim for “treatable conditions” will face David Cameron’s latest attack. Since this is a part of a £12 billion raid, his desire is to axe their benefits the moment they refuse treatment. This is a move the Tories think will help win votes.

According to critics, this is the money people on sickness benefit need to survive and it shouldn’t be stripped from them. The PM said “Too many people are stuck on sickness benefits because of issues that could be addressed.” he went ahead to say that some had drugs or alcohol problems but didn’t want to undergo treatment. There are also people who have a problem with their weight – however, they end up preferring a life on benefits than work.

According to the PM, it was not fair to ask hard-working tax payers to fund the benefits of those that refused support and treatments that could get them on their feet once again.

Thousands have been cruelly stripped of vital cash with Tories’ previous benefit cuts.

Norman Lamb, Lib Dem Health Minister, last year warned that frog marching people with depression would not help as much as it was classified as treatable. However, the Tories asked NHS adviser Dame Carol Black to come up with a detailed proposal of how people would be incentivised.

Dame Carol Black said that she was interested in trying to overcome the challenges posed by these types of benefit claimants. She added that work was an important feature of society and it was unfortunate that these people were not part of it.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this is fair? 



New Chili Diet Pills Developed to Combat Obesity

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Scientists have discovered that capsaicin, which is an active ingredient found in chilies, can help with weight loss.

It is believed to be able to speed up your metabolism and increase energy expenditure.

Scientists are hoping to successfully apply the fat reducing benefits of capsaicin into these new chili diet pills.

Obesity is becoming a major problem, as nearly two thirds of men and women in the UK are classified as obese or overweight. This statistic was discovered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

A graduate student who helped to discover this statistic at the University of Wyoming’s School of Pharmacy, Vivek Krishnan, explained that “obesity is caused by an imbalance between calorie intake and energy dissipation”.

Eating a large amount of calorie rich food and a lack of physical activity leads to this imbalance. Therefore, it is necessary to increase energy expenditure to fight obesity.

Scientists have tested dietary capsaicin on mice, and they discovered that it helped to prevent weight gain. It was successful in increasing their metabolism and energy expenditure.

Scientists now hope to successfully apply this knowledge into the development of a successful chili diet pill.