Is rice fattening?
Let’s look at some interesting facts:
- One cup of rice weighs about 5 ounces and contains approximately 220 calories while six crackers weigh about 1.75 ounces and have 240 calories.
- About one third of world’s population eat rice. Most of them are Asians and Africans yet they are the thinnest people in the world.
Rice is a complex carbohydrate. Our bodies need longer time to digest complex carbohydrate. If you think rice is fattening, then, refined carbohydrates like bread, pasta or noodles is actually more fattening. In fact, by itself, boiled rice is not fattening, but it can be if you have it with added fat, for example in the form of fried rice or eaten in large portion with high fat sauce. Depending on your calorie needs, one is recommended to eat 6 to 11 servings a day. One serving is equal to one slice of bread.
Therefore, rice adds variety to your diet and not to worry too much about certain types being “fattening” or “healthier” than others. What is more important is to eat it with the right amount depending what you do and when you eat it. Knowing about its calorie values will help you better decide the intake amount.
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