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Old 26 September 2015, 05:05 AM
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Icon23 Why Leftover Pasta Might Be Healthier Than Fresh

Last week, lovers of rice rejoiced when the Washington Post reported on a simple trick to improve the nutritional value of the food. According to researchers in Sri Lanka, all you have to do is add a fat (they used coconut oil) to the cooking water, cool your rice over night, and voilà!—up to to 50 percent of the calories (a cup of rice contains about 200 when cooked conventionally) are gone.

It works by converting the white rice—which made mostly of digestible starch—into one that is indigestible, or "resistant," meaning that it's eventually excreted instead of metabolized by our bodies. The researchers found that adding fat and then allowing the rice to cool changed the composition even after the rice was reheated.

With diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity rates rising around the world, this simple tweak to a dietary staple for billions could be a major boon to public health. And it's just one example of how chemistry can be put to work in the kitchen. Here are five more ways to improve foods' nutritional content through cooking: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marb...-cooking-fixes
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Old 26 September 2015, 05:25 AM
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Or you could just eat less pasta and more veggies.
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Old 26 September 2015, 05:36 AM
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Whaaa.....? While that is good advice, CH, let's face it; pasta and rice are a cheap staple that can go a long way towards stretching a food dollar. Having a way to prepare it so that it is still filling, yet less fattening, would be a boon for a lot of families. (Including my best friend's.)
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It's weird that they say that reducing a food's calorie content is to "improve the nutritional value." Technically, they are reducing the nutritional value, because calories are a nutrient (and without them you would die).
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Whaaa.....? While that is good advice, CH, let's face it; pasta and rice are a cheap staple that can go a long way towards stretching a food dollar. Having a way to prepare it so that it is still filling, yet less fattening, would be a boon for a lot of families. (Including my best friend's.)
Another perspective: as a vegetarian, I find my meals more filling, and eat less between meals, when I include rice or (less often) pasta as well as veggies and beans.

And anyway, if people are making positive changes in their diet, what difference does it make whether they're doing it by eating less rice and pasta or by using this method? Being that prescriptive is likely to backfire, I think.
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Old 26 September 2015, 03:08 PM
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Yeah, that was what I was attempting to get at, and might possibly have said were it not past my bedtime.
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