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Why white rice is good for you

Find out the benefits of white rice which is a staple in many cultures around the world.

Did you know? White rice comprises a special carbohydrate known as resistant starch which as per studies may help in weight control.

White rice is a staple food in many cultures around the world, including Japan where people are known for their longevity. It is true it has been a matter of heated debate among dietitians and nutritionists. One school of thought points to white rice being empty calories, yet another set of thinkers are emerging who are confident that it is healthy and safe.

Here are some of the benefits of white rice…

It is filled with energy

Our mighty chawal is low in fat but is packed with carbs that we need.  As we know, carbohydrates are filled with energy.  The result, enjoy your plate of rice and get gung ho, skip it and feel listless. It will give you the energy you require.

It does not add to your weight

Another reason why white rice is good for you that it does not add to your weight.  A cup of cooked rice contains around 200 calories. That is about 10 percent of the suggested daily intake of 2000 calories.

Here is another interesting fact, white rice comprises a special carbohydrate known as resistant starch which as per studies may help in weight control. If you balance out your diet with exercise, you can always flaunt your healthy body and inspire others.

It is gluten free 

Rice is gluten- free. This makes our humble chawal safe for those who have food allergies.  Rice is the best food that is non-allergic. All those who cannot ingest gluten (wheat products) miss out on other nutrients in our pulses and grains. By eating rice, they can get their dose of vitamins, calcium, other nutrients (folic acid, thiamine and niacin) beneficial for them.

Best food to have during stomach ailments

Have you ever wondered why khicidi is a must- eat meal when you have an upset tummy? One of the benefits of white rice is that it is easy to digest.  So, it is advantageous for all those suffering from diarrhoea or any stomach ailment.

Anti-inflammatory

White rice is a natural anti-inflammatory and what’s more, the manganese content helps increase the immune system.

Rice after a workout

After your workout, it is best to have fast-digesting carbs that can pump the amino acids to your muscles. Also, you need to have something with a high Glycemic Index (GI) to get back the glycogen level. As white rice increases blood sugar level, it increases the GI as well.

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Can be stored for a longer time than brown rice

Lastly, white rice can be stored for a much longer duration than brown rice. So, there is no pressure to consume the safed chawal soon.

As you see, we have indeed dug up many pluses in favour of this food. Prepared with vegetables and herbs, a bowl of white rice makes a delicious, nutritious meal.

Please note: The information is relevant to those who are healthy in general.  If you are suffering from specific conditions such as diabetics, it is best to consult your doctor regarding your daily intake of white rice.

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