My buddy James recently shared witih me that New Research Shows that if You Have to Eat White Rice, Eating it Cold is Healthier. He is a vegetarian physical therapy assistant and we have been friends for over 10 years. You can call him Sheldon if you meet him because he is always sharing fun facts. His most recent is pretty useful for my blog so here it is along with some Thai recipes you can use with the fun facts. I don’t go in for white rice personally like he does but you can use a basmati, long grain and cold to make it healthier. I asked him to just write a paragraph on what he researched. He was hesitant but said that if he were to do it it would be this.
“Researchers in the UK previously found that chilling pasta in the fridge lowers the glycemic index thus reducing the effect of raising blood sugar and now sri lankan researchers found the same with white rice. The starches in refined grains become resistant starches once they’ve cooled for about 12 hours and they remain resistant after that no matter what else is done. The end result is that refined white pasta and rice becomes healthier for people avoiding spikes in blood sugar.”
His information came from this article which he summarized for me. That’s the kind of stuff we chat about a couple times a week via text if not talking on the phone. My gut reaction was to be a bit incredulous but his info came from the BBC so…..
“if white rice is boiled and then refrigerated to be used, for example, in a rice salad, changes occur in the digestibility of the starch, and the GI of the rice is lowered and falls into the category of a low-GI food.
You can also apply the finding to cold noodle recipes, of which there are many in Thailand. I will list a few we have done and from other websites below. Enjoy. 🙂