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Is Rice Fattening?

July 26th, 2011 · 6 Comments ·


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.

Some people say that brown rice is less fattening.  This again is not true.  Brown rice does have more fiber and vitamin B1 than white rice, but both types are equally rich in healthy starchy carbohydrates.  Both brown and white rice are nutritious options which can be eaten as part of your healthy diet. They fit into the same nutritional category as potatoes, pasta and 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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6 responses so far ↓
  • nia // Jul 26, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    thanks mun for sharing! now i feel less guilty for having rice. LOL :D

  • kane // Jul 26, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    thank you mun !

  • WB // Jul 26, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    I think when people say that brown rice is less fattening, it is because it makes you feel full faster, or with lesser amount. Hence, your overall intake will be less, thus “less” calories consumed.

  • foongpc // Jul 28, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Although white rice is not as fattening as bread, it is not a healthy food as it spikes the blood sugar (ie high Glycemic Index)

    Brown rice is better as it contains more fibre and nutrients although it is just at fattening as white rice. However because of the fiber content, it fills up the stomach more and therefore we end up eating less of it.

  • Max // Jul 30, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    healthy starch? I don’t think so, rice will spike you insulin output. Increase insulin levels force your body to store fat. I love rice, but in service of losing some weight have given it a pass. It’s working too!

    Need a “grain” with your meal? Try quinoa. High in protein and will not mess with your blood sugar.

  • Gwendoly Jackson // Nov 3, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    I am 150lbs over weight I want to loose it. What is good for me to eat?.

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