Rice occupies a leading position among various grainy foods in the world. Today there are about 1500 different varieties of this product and it is not just for no reason very popular and consumed. Rice is also very nutritious - it is rich in cellulose, vitamins, minerals and various nutrients that are extremely good for health.
Round grain rice - what we need to know
Round-grain rice contains little fat and it is almost entirely composed of protein. At the same time, it is saturated with carbohydrates, which is why it is not only very nutritious, but also a healthy product.
The calorie content of round-grain rice per 3.5 oz (100 grams) is 350 kcal (fat - 0.4 grams, protein - 0.1 grams and carbohydrates - 2.8 oz (79 grams)).
Due to its polished surface, this variety is characterized by the loss of some nutrients and fiber. However, it remains a very healthy and dietary product that is rich in vitamins B, E, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, which is quite enough to meet the needs of the body.
Round-grain rice has a high glycemic index - 79. A high glycemic index means that it is very saturated with fast carbohydrates, or in other words - it results in rapid satiation at the expense of raising blood sugar.
It should also be noted that the product is absorbed very quickly by the body. It is obtained by polishing the grains of round-grain rice, that way removing the outer part, which is rich in cellulose.
This variety of rice has a very high starch content and at the same time the product is quite sticky. Despite its method of production, it remains very rich in nutrients and can be used in the preparation of various dishes, such as risotto, paella or rice pudding, for which this type of rice is most suitable.
Round-grain rice, which has been treated under pressure with steam, is also available on the market. This way all of the useful substances from its outer layer pass into the rice and that way it does not lose its useful nutrients. It is less sticky and high in calories, but at the same time it always turns out crumbly and it is more healthy that way.
Its glycemic index is 38, which is almost twice less. With this method of production, the starch in it and the carbohydrates are less. It is absorbed more slowly and satiates the body for a longer time. It is low in gluten, but its taste is quite rich and pleasant. It is the round-grained varieties that are considered elite.
Useful properties and contraindications of round grain rice
It is very beneficial for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and in this case should be consumed without the addition of oil or salt. It is also recommended to be consumed by people who have kidney problems or any diseases of the urinary system.
Rice has the ability to absorb sodium salts, this way purifying the body.
There are many different recipes with rice that help cleanse the body, but in this case it is good to consult a specialist, especially if you have any chronic health problems.
Round rice is contraindicated in the following cases and for the following conditions:
- Diabetics - due to its high glycemic index. In addition, it is rich in starch and gluten, which help increase the blood sugar levels;
- It is not recommended to be consumed by people who often suffer from constipation, as the sticky structure of rice can only complicate the situation;
- It is advisable to exclude this variety of rice for people who are prone to being overweight.
If you like to eat rice and you are a fan of dishes with it, then you should definitely include round-grain rice in your menu.
It is rich in various nutrients and is beneficial for a number of health problems, such as diarrhea, problems with the digestive system, kidneys and others.
With it you can easily diversify your menu, experimenting in the kitchen at will, turning each of your ideas into another culinary creation for millions.