‘You say rice is ok for a diabetic but is it really ok? Isn’t it all carbs?’ Yup, carbs are the latest villain of the perennially booming food and weight-loss industry. Carbs are what make you prone to central obesity, diabetes, etc, for no fault of yours, right? I mean, you were vegetating on the couch, office chair, car seat, stressing out over small issues, having sleepless nights because you were watching movies or completing assignments. No big deal, just avoid rice, especially at dinner, and everything will be okay.
Think again. The country you come from offers countless varieties of rice. Thousands of our varied cuisines never ever leave rice alone, blending it with pulses, vegetables, spices, seeds, herbs and turn it into a fibre-, mineral- and nutrient-rich meal. One that leaves the taste buds enthralled, stomach satiated and most importantly, the insulin happy and not overworked.
The people wearing the white coats—lab technicians who check your blood sugar, the dietitians who give two-page print-outs of ‘foods to avoid’ and the doctors who check you out in less than two minutes are not accounting for how rice is eaten in your community and in your home. The fact remains that rice meals—the ones you eat at home, like rice-dal-sabzi, dahi-rice-sabzi, khichdi-kadhi, etc, are complete meals with a full amino acid profile and all the nutrients you need. So, rice surely is not the culprit, extrapolating textbook/tabloid information without accounting for real life is.
Takeaway: Carbs are not the enemy, your lifestyle is. Rethink what you are willing to take off your plate.
Bharat paul >> No wonder india has highest number of malnourished people..
If you think RICE is evil , can you please explain as as to why - Japan - a nation of rice eaters, has one of the best health indicators in Developed world?
Eating rice does not mean malnutrition and early death . Eating rice the right way matters.
Same applies for sugar also. Traditionally India - the land of sugar , sweets and sugarcane consumed the unrefined sugar called jaggery. Last few decades we switched to refined white sugar. The latter is not healthy for sure.
Why people need scientific proof for whatever Rujuta says ? Our traditional food habits of thousands of years are adequate to prove all this . Even 100 years back India did not suffer from obesity or diabetics like an epidemic with all the rice and ghee eating . Our eating habits not in sync with our western lifestyle is the main culprit ( not eating fresh home- made food,sweets throughout the year , lack of natural exercise - giving routine , more of refined factory made stale and chemically kept alive foods and so on ).
Those in USA should read best-seller books ' In defense of food ' and 'Food Rules ' by a top journalist Michael Pollan and keep themselves updated by logging on Mercola.com , who endorse exactly all this with support from research , which unfortunately gets suppressed by vested industrial lobbies in the world .
India has diabetic and malnourished people because of people's inclination towards junk food, fried food and a western food. Rice which has been growing in our regions since our earliest civilizations cannot be deemed off as a culprit. It's common sense that a simple, home-cooked meal with rice and lentils/vegetables could only do you good. People who stay true to their roots and soil are the healthiest. Makes a lot of sense. Nothing political about it !
The author is right!
The only care ypou have to take while eating rice is wash it many times to remove the starch. Brown unpolished rice is best (but not great to taste) alongwith the kerala boiled rice. Even professional Body-Builders eat rice.
So if you wish to eat fragrant rice, remove as much starch as possible. Cook in a Handi and keep replacing the top water. The starch is not good for diabetics.
If someone wants medical proof, pls see the doctor (he will charge you 500 rupees); but will tell you the same thing...
Where have you been all my life? My wife rations my rice strictly - I have to cheat ! Maybe I can interest her in reading your piece. Trouble is she is going to ask for medical evidence and you are providing none. Can we have some In your next column? Please ; I want to lead an honest life !
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