Rice is a global staple food and is the world’s leading food crop too. There is hardly any cuisine in the world that doesn’t have dishes made of rice as a main course meal. It is a wonderfully versatile food crop that could be made into a comfort food as well as a classy dessert. For people who depend on rice as their staple food it is the main source of calories for them. Despite the above said, rice is much maligned and has a bad reputation among fitness junkies due to some serious misconceptions that have been fed by the weight loss industry for a very long time. Let’s take a look at the myths that have been proven wrong in recent studies.
The Myth – Rice has only complex carbohydrates
The Truth: Rice has a fair source of protein, vitamins, and minerals and it is free of fat, gluten and cholesterol which makes it a healthy deal. It is good for people with digestion problems and it contains all the essential amino acids too.
The Myth – Rice will make you gain weight
The Truth: In Ayurveda, the world’s oldest holistic healing system, they use rice-based diets in treating various body imbalances which implies rice has medicinal properties too. It is a myth set by the dietitians that eating rice will make you gain weight. In reality, a balanced diet including rice helps prevent obesity. Recent studies have proven that if taken in moderation, rice even accelerates fat burning due to the absence of fat, gluten, sodium and cholesterol in it.
The Myth – Rice will make you feel sleepy and lethargic
The Truth: Rice is a great source of carbohydrates that act as fuel to our body and aids in the proper functioning of the brain. The vitamins and minerals that are present in rice help increase the metabolic activities of all the organs which in turn, increases the overall energy levels. It depends on what you consume with rice and the portion size that affects the energy levels.
The Myth – Rice is not a popular healthy choice of grain
The Truth: According to the records, there are approximately 40,000 varieties of rice crops been cultivated around the world. That implies almost more than half of the world population depends on rice crop as one of their main foods. Isn’t that itself is proof enough that rice is a healthy staple? There are various regional varieties that are highly nutritious and makes a healthy diet when taken in moderation.
The dishes made of rice are undoubtedly delectable, and some of the regional popular varieties include Mandi from the Middle East, Biriyani from India, the Italian Risotto, Paella from Spain and the Asian favourite NasiGoreng. Try to incorporate more varieties of rice dishes to add more flavours to your everyday diet.