If you are trying to lose weight, then you may have sworn off all “white” foods – since many are just sources of empty calories. While you should always skip over white bread for more nutritious whole-grain varieties, keep white rice on your “good foods” list. Why? This is a nutrient-packed grain that can actually help you lose weight and keep you looking young. Really! Read on to find out how to cut the calories in rice in half to make it even more nutritious and how eating rice can help you look younger.
How to Cut the Calories in the Rice You Eat in Half
Researchers in Sri Lanka found a way to turn the digestible starch in rice into indigestible starch. What that means is that when you cook rice the following way, your body will not absorb the starch, but instead, it will pass through your body just like indigestible fiber. The starch in rice is the part filled with carbohydrates and calories, so by performing this trick, your body can still absorb all the nutrients, but it won’t absorb the calories!
To perform the trick, boil the water you need to prepare the rice, which is typically one cup of water per cup of dry rice. Then, add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the water before you add the rice. Next, add the rice and cook for 40 minutes. Finally, place it in the refrigerator for 12 hours or longer.
When you are ready to eat it, just heat it up as you normally would and enjoy! You can eat it plain for a filling snack, add it to a veggie-packed stir-fry, or even make a guilt-free rice pudding!
Why Eating White Rice can Help You You Look Younger
Rice is filled with a mineral called manganese. In fact, just one serving of rice contains almost 40 percent of your daily requirement of this mineral.
What is manganese? This is a mineral that helps support healthy skin regeneration. Specifically, it helps your skin produce more collagen. As a person ages, their skin begins producing less and less collagen, which is why older kin begins to sag and feel thinner. When you get plenty of manganese in your diet, it helps your skin build more collagen to keep your skin firm and younger-looking.
Manganese is also a potent anti-oxidant, which means it helps fight free radicals that not only lead to premature skin aging, but also contribute to cancer development.
While many “white” foods are empty calories, don’t consider white rice part of this list. It is packed with essential minerals, low in calories (especially when you use the cooking trick!), and can help keep your skin looking young and healthy.