Bengalis can’t live without rice. However, there are many debates about white rice.
Eating white rice has both benefits and harms.
Rice occupies a special place among the most consumed grains in the world. This vegetable has multi-purpose uses, from which the taste is also varied. And there are many varieties of rice.
According to a report published in It’s Not That.com citing a study by Food and Wine magazine, one-fifth of the calories consumed by people worldwide come from rice or rice.
The most popular rice worldwide is white rice. This rice is refined. Rice mills produce white rice by removing the outer husk, bran and germ.
White rice also has a bad reputation because of this refinement. Some say it’s a bad carb, some say it’s just calories. Brown or red rice is said to be beneficial.
Is it really so? Should this rice be avoided at all?
Lauren Manaker, American nutritionist, author of ‘The First Time Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook’, ‘The Seven Ingredient Healthy Pregnancy Cookbook’ and ‘Fueling Male Fertility’ answers.
“White rice is a source of carbohydrates,” says Manaker. And the main fuel of the body is this carbohydrate. As well as ‘B-vitamins’ added to some types of white rice. All in all, white rice plays an important role in providing daily energy.”
Based on the research published in the journal Nutrient, he also said, except for folate, all B vitamins are associated with one or more steps in the process of making cells work.
In other words, ‘B vitamins’ are needed to get energy. If there is a lack of this in the body, there will also be a lack of work power.
Arsenic can enter the body
Manakar said, “If ‘arsenic’ enters the body regularly, it causes poisoning. This chemical is found in rice. As a result, eating rice made from rice will also enter the body with arsenic.
White rice has lower levels of arsenic than brown rice. In order to reduce the intake of ‘arsenic’ from rice, different grains should be added to the diet.
Arsenic levels depend on the region where rice is grown.
For example, Basmati rice produced in California, India and Pakistan has relatively low levels of arsenic.
According to Manakar, “White rice or any pada is beneficial for good bone health. Everyone knows that calcium and vitamin D are essential for good bone health. But another element that quietly supports bone health is manganese. And this ingredient can be found in white rice.”
Digestive problems may occur
Although not conclusive, some studies suggest that eating white rice may cause metabolic problems.
According to the US charity Mayo Clinic, “metabolic syndrome” is a group of metabolic problems that occur together. In addition, the combination of these problems increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
The problems are high blood sugar, cholesterol and ‘triglyceride’ levels.
According to statistics, those who eat more white rice have a 30 percent increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome. So those who are more dependent on this rice should increase emphasis on other grains.