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Leftover Rice or Freshly Cooked Rice: Which is Better?

Rice is a food staple for over 3.5 billion people around the world, particularly in Asia, Latin America, and parts of Africa.

Chintu Das
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Most Indian households cook rice every day, and it is consumed with all meals. But for those who are trying to lose weight, it can be difficult to decide whether to stop eating rice altogether or switch to healthier versions like brown and black rice.

However, there are a few suggestions from health professionals that suggest leftovers or one-day-old cooked rice is preferable to freshly prepared rice for weight control and general wellness.

Why is stale rice healthier than fresh rice?

A process known as starch retrogradation, which turns the digestible starch into a resistant one, is reportedly started after the cooked starch is cooled. Our body can absorb and break it down more easily, which causes blood sugar levels to rise.

Although the resistant starch is difficult to break down, it poses no health risks, including no surge in blood sugar levels, because it is probiotic.

How to consume leftover rice without getting sick

Typically, it is not advised to eat leftover food out of concern that it would serve as a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Here are some recommendations that one can use to stay safe, though.

  • As soon as the rice is finished cooking, cool the pot through several containers before transferring it to the refrigerator.

  • Rice should be put in airtight containers.

  • Never keep cooked rice at room temperature for longer than two hours because bacteria will breed there.

  • Keep the refrigerator's ideal temperature at 5 degrees.

  • The rice can be stored without risk for at least three days.

  • Make sure to serve the leftover rice cold rather than letting it warm up to room temperature.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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