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Rice and Diet

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Rice. It has been my main meal ever since I was a baby. We had more fiber in our rice and it added bulk to our diet. My family consisted of mostly farmers and rice was the main crop they cultivated. As the time passed paraboiled rice mills took over and separated the bulk from the grains. All the nutritional values of rice are lost and just starch is left for us to eat. Rice is still the preferred main meal for more people in the world including in the United States. There are several different forms of rice including brown rice, basmati rice, precooked rice or long grain white rice and red rice. Here is a bit more information on each type:

Brown rice : Of all kinds of rice, brown rice is considered to be the best as it consists of complex carbohydrates which do not digest very easily and add bulk to the meals. It takes long time to mix in the bloodstream thus controlling the blood sugar levels. Brown rice is best for diabetics for this reason. Although it takes a lot of time to cook brown rice, it only takes a fistful to fill one's stomach and satisfy the appetite. To cook brown rice you need to add four cups of water for half cup of rice and cook over medium heat for at least 45 minutes. To eat brown rice is an acquired taste and it takes time to get used to it. Watch out for digestion problems as it tends to make your stomach bloat and create gastric problems in the beginning because of its fiber content. Try to eat only a spoonful of rice and increase the quantity slowly.

Basmati rice : Basmati rice is considered as the royalty rice for its rich flavor and texture. It has long grains and tastes great. It is by far my favorite rice. Basmati rice is used to cook all kinds of fried rice including chicken, shrimp, egg, and vegetable. Adding spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and cumin brings special flavors that not only invites one's palate to taste but also their sense of smell. Basmati rice is rich in complex carbohydrates and is considered to be good for diabetics. Although some believe that eating this rice causes arthritis there is no evidence for that assumption.

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