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Eat Less Rice!
By Dietlogist Prof PC ANG LCE
SMJK SG. Petani,Kedah

The human body was never meant to consume rice! You see, our genes have hardly changed in more than 30,000 years. However, our food choices and lifestyle have changed dramatically. The caveman would hardly recognise our food or way of life. Caveman food was never cooked as fire was not yet tamed.Thus, he ate only those foods that you can eat without treatment with or by fire. He ate fruits, vegetables, fish (sushi anyone?), eggs, nuts and meat. Yes, even meat! You can even eat meat raw if you were starving in the forest. You have the necessary enzymes to digest meat. However, rice, like wheat and corn, cannot be eaten raw. It must be cooked. Even if you were starving in the desert, you cannot eat rice in the raw form.

This is because we do not have the system of enzymes to break rice down. You were never meant to eat rice. To make matters worse, you not only eat rice, but also make it the bulk of your food. In some parts of Asia , rice forms up to 85% of the plate. Even if you take rice, keep it to a minimum. Remember, it is only for your tongue - not your body. Actually, rice and other grains like wheat and corn are actually worse than sugar. There are many reasons: Rice becomes sugar - lots of it! This is a fact that no nutritionist can deny: rice is chemically no different from sugar. One bowl of cooked rice is the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar.

This does not matter whether it is white, brown or herbal rice. Brown rice is richer in fibre, some B vitamins and minerals but it is still the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. To get the same 10 teaspoons of sugar, you need to consume lots of kangkong-10 bowls of it. Rice is digested to become sugar. Rice cannot be digested before it is thoroughly cooked. However, when thoroughly cooked, it becomes sugar and spikes circulating blood sugar within half an hour-almost as quickly as it would if you took a sugar candy. Rice is very low in the 'rainbow of anti-oxidants. ' This complete anti-oxidant rainbow is necessary for the effective and safe utilisation of sugar. Fruits come with a sugar called fructose. However, they are not empty calories as the fruit is packed with a whole host of other nutrients that help its proper assimilation and digestion. Rice has no fibre.

The fibre of the kangkong fills you up long before your blood sugar spikes. This is because the fibre bulks and fills up your stomach. Since white rice has no fibre, you end up eating lots of 'calorie dense' food before you get filled up. Brown rice has more fibre but still the same amount of sugar. Rice is tasteless-sugar is sweet. There is only so much that you can eat at one sitting. How many teaspoons of sugar can you eat before you feel like throwing up? Could you imagine eating 10 teaspoons of sugar in one seating? Rice is always the main part of the meal. While sugar may fill your dessert or sweeten your coffee, it will never be the main part of any meal. You could eat maybe two to three teaspoons of sugar at one meal. However, you could easily eat the equal value of two to three bowls (20-30 teaspoons) of sugar in one meal. I am always amused when I see someone eat sometimes five bowls of rice (equals 50 teaspoons of sugar) and then asks for tea tarik kurang manis!

There is no real 'built in' mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice: How much kangkong can you eat? How much fried chicken can you eat? How much steamed fish can you eat? Think about that! In one seating, you cannot take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but you can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes you to eat more salt. As rice is tasteless, you tend to consume more salt-another villain when it comes to high blood pressure. You tend to take more curry that has salt to help flavor rice. We also tend to consume more ketchup and soy sauce which are also rich in salt. Eating rice causes you to drink less water.

The more rice you eat, the less water you will drink as there is no mechanism to prevent the overeating of rice. Rice, wheat and corn come hidden in our daily food. As rice is tasteless, it tends to end up in other foods that substitute rice like rice flour, noodles and bread. We tend to eat the hidden forms which still get digested into sugar. Rice, even when cooked, is difficult to digest.

Can't eat raw rice? Try eating rice half cooked. Contrary to popular belief, rice is very difficult to digest. It is 'heavy stuff'. If you have problems with digestion, try skipping rice for a few days. You will be amazed at how the problem will just go away. Rice prevents the absorption of several vitamins and minerals. Rice when taken in bulk will reduce the absorption of vital nutrients like zinc, iron and the B vitamins. Are you a rice addict? Going rice-less may not be easy but you can go rice-less.

Eating less rice could be lot easier than you think. Here are some strategies that you can pursue in your quest to eat less rice: Eat less rice-cut your rice by half. Barry Sears, author of the Zone Diet, advises 'eating rice like spice'. Instead, increase your fruits and vegetables. Take more lean meats and fish.. You can even take more eggs and nuts. Have 'riceless' meals. Take no rice or wheat at say, breakfast.. Go for eggs instead. Go on 'riceless' days. Go 'western' once a week. Take no rice and breads for one day every week.

That can't be too difficult. Appreciate the richness of your food. Go for taste, colours and smells. Make eating a culinary delight. Enjoy your food in the original flavours. Avoid the salt shaker or ketchup. You will automatically eat less rice. Eat your fruit dessert before (Yes! No printing error) your meals. The fibre rich fruits will 'bulk up' in your stomach. Thus, you will eat less rice and more fruits. It's your life. Decide what you want to eat! But eat less rice!

p/s sudah hilang almost 9kg... yeay!!!!

14 Komen:

atty's on 9:16 AM said...

dah turun 9kg..syabas pnut.

- GC - on 9:49 AM said...

wowww.. terbaik lah kak.. ni nak turunkan berapa kilo lg nih?

Zareda Norman on 10:01 AM said...

9 kg??? wallah bahagianya... zar kalau 9 kg dah boleh pakai baju saiz L kooo

Kak Rose on 10:16 AM said...

tahniah. 9kg! banyak tu.... thankas for sharing this article.. yes, eat less rice!

Pnut on 10:51 AM said...

Atty-seronot dpt sarung dah baju yang dah lama tergantung..

GC-tak der target spesifik, tp harapnya makin menurun..

Zar-pnut nak pakai size L? kena turunkan lagi 30kg..eheehe

Kak Rose-sesamaaa

Anonymous said...

pnut: your femes Atkin's diet story got me also..into my 3rd day of ayam & sayur diet hu hu no rice tau but biggest cheat is nescafe a MUST but managed to cut down to 2 mugs a day only... ok la kut...nescafe tu dah addicted gilerrrr...actually if not diet pun always prefer nescafe over nasi nak-nak kalau kawe tengah lapar dan letihhhh...

cayalah dah 9kg...teruskannnn


theorangelily on 1:04 PM said...

akak.. nak kongsi sikit... (ni berdasarkan pengetahuan yg ciput... malas nak bukak buku =P )
macamana nasi nak converted into sugar if our body system does not have enzyme to break them down?

it's true they will be converted into sugar... disebabkan nasik ni sebenarnye kanji.. proses ni dimangkinkan oleh amilase (ader banyak di air liur kite)
nasik jugak ada fiber sebenarnye... but nasik yg kite beli tuh die da polish deswai kaler putih (x byk fiber or maybe takder?)
deswai nasik yg disarankan utk diabetes patient n kalo nak diet or sihat.. beras perang

mende yg manusia tak boleh proses ialah mende2 yg terdiri dr cellulose which one of it is sayur. kenape? sebab manusia tidak ada cellulase enzyme. lembu dan kambing ader lah .. hehehe

okay, itu saje

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing the info on rice. Tapi kan blh tak cadangkan alternative meals yg tak de rice? Especially children who is allergy to eggs...

Congratulations, dah 9 kg loss.

Pnut on 2:57 PM said...

CM-eh dah kurus pun diet jugak?? biar betoii..

orangelily-thanks for infooo muaahhsss

Anon-ape ye alternatif meals?? for atkiners ni kitaorang makan sayur, ayam, ikan... cuma nasi je tak amek.. satey...

Anonymous said...

pergh!!!! tahniah!

nak kurus! nak kurus! nak kurus!

ieda on 6:40 PM said...

oit...citer omputeh hari ni..hehehehe.
payah la nak tinggai nasi...lapaq.

amrie said...

jelesnya akak turun banyak!!!! saya minggu pertama turun 7kg... tp minggu dua turun 1kg je... frust jugaklaaa... tp ayat nak sedapkan hati.... "dulu time kurus, bukan takat 2 minggu terus naik beratnya... samalah camni, xkan la expect 2 minggu terus turun.. the biggest loser pun turun 2-3 kg sbb dok bersenam hari2... ni dh la senam seminggu sekali... kira ok laaa" (amacam, panjang x ayat2 nak sedapkan ati sendiri? hahaha)

so, minggu ketiga ni lum timbang lg... skrg ni kat kampung... nasib baikla still mampu bertahan x amik nasi... tunggu je la balik ganu nanti timbang

Pnut on 10:05 AM said...

MDT-jom diet..ehehehe

Ieda-alaaaa nasi tu psiko je.. makan benda lain pon kenyang juga..

Amrie-byk le tu turun, rileksss tak turun berat, tp inci-inci sure berkurang...

mama3A's on 1:06 PM said...

tahniah! tahniah! atkin diet mmg berkesan... tapi skrg tkleh nak join the group la kak Nas... jelesnya semua lose weight...

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