The old saying “calories in, calories out” for weight loss is actually oversimplification of a much more complex problem, but the sad truth is that Americans eat too much. According to the USDA, the average American eats 500 more calories daily than needed, while some experts are suggesting that people in the USA eat 100% more food than they need. This is a 20% increase since the 1970s, or on average, an extra steak sandwich per day!

Sudhair James from the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka, recently presented a new way of cooking rice which should cut the caloric absorption by 50-60%. He found a way to make the rice become a resistant starch which can resist the absorption of starch or sugar from entering the bloodstream.

Starches such as rice are easily digestible and converted to glucose in the blood. And while most of it goes to muscles and liver as glycogen, excess glucose is stored as fat, contributing to obesity and other health problems. Resistant starches on the other hand, pass through the small intestine undigested and becomes food for the beneficial bacteria in the large intestine while reducing the risk of excess glucose in the blood. It will also help with healthy elimination and natural fat burning.

Coconut oil – the secret ingredient

To increase the resistant starch content of rice you need to follow these steps:

Add a teaspoon of coconut oil in boiling water, then stir in half a cup of rice once the oil dissolves. Simmer the mixture for 40 minutes until the rice is cooked – some scientists are suggesting that you could boil it for 20-25 minutes instead. Try the rice to make sure it’s well cooked. Put the mixture in the fridge for 12 hours afterwards.

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