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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Rice will kill you early ~ a forwarded email from Latifah Tamerlane

Rice will kill you early

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The human body was never meant to consume rice! You see, our genes have hardly changed in more than 30,000 years. However, our food choices and lifestyle have changed dramatically. The caveman would hardly recognize our food or way of life.

Caveman food was never cooked as fire was not yet tamed. Thus, he ate only those foods that you can eat without treatment with or by fire. He ate fruits, vegetables, fish (sushi anyone?), eggs, nuts and meat. Yes, even meat. You can even eat meat raw if you were starving in the forest. You have the necessary enzymes to digest meat.

However, rice, like wheat and corn, cannot be eaten raw. It must be cooked. Even if you were starving in the desert, you cannot eat rice in the raw form. This is because we do not have the system of enzymes to break rice down.

You were never meant to eat rice.
To make matters worse, you not only eat rice, but also make it the bulk of your food.

In some parts of Asia, rice forms up to 85% of the plate. Even if you take rice, keep it to a minimum.

Remember, it is only for your tongue - not your body. Actually, rice and other grains like wheat and corn are actually worse than sugar.There are many reasons:

Rice becomes sugar - lots of it! This is a fact that no nutritionist can deny. Rice is chemically no different from sugar.

One bowl of cooked rice is the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This does not matter whether it is white, brown or herbal rice.

Brown rice
is richer in fibre, some B vitamins and minerals but it is still the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. To get the same 10 teaspoons of sugar, you need to consume lots of kangkong-10 bowls of it.

Rice is digested to become sugar. Rice cannot be digested before it is thoroughly cooked.

However, when thoroughly cooked, it becomes sugar and spikes circulating blood sugar within half an hour,
almost as quickly as it would if you took a sugar candy.


Rice is very low in the "rainbow of anti-oxidants."

Rice has no fibre. The fibre of the kangkong fills you up long before your blood sugar spikes. This is because the fibre bulks and fills up your stomach. Since white rice has no fibre, you end up eating lots of 'calorie dense' food before you get filled up.Brown rice has more fibre but still the same amount of sugar.

Rice is tasteless, sugar is sweet. There is only so much that you can eat at one sitting. How many teaspoons of sugar can you eat before you feel like throwing up? Could you imagine eating 10 teaspoons of sugar in one seating?

Rice is always the main part of the meal. While sugar may fill your dessert or sweeten your coffee, it will never be the main part of any meal.

You could eat maybe two to three teaspoons of sugar at one meal. However, you could easily eat the equal value of two to three bowls (20-30 teaspoons) of sugar in one meal.

I am always amused when I see someone eat sometimes five bowls of rice (equals 50 teaspoons of sugar) and then asks for tea tarik kurang manis (less sugar)!


There is no real "built in" mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice.




















How much kangkong (water spinach) can you eat? How much fried chicken can you eat? How much steamed fish can you eat? Think about that!

In one seating, you cannot take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but you can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes you to eat more salt.

As rice is tasteless, you tend to consume more salt - another villain when it comes to high blood pressure. You tend to take more curry that has salt to help flavor rice. We also tend to consume more ketchup and soy sauce which are also rich in salt.

Eating rice causes you to drink less water. The more rice you eat, the less water you will drink as there is no mechanism to prevent the overeating of rice. Rice, wheat and corn come hidden in our daily food. As rice is tasteless, it tends to end up in other foods that substitute rice like rice flour, noodles and bread. We tend to eat the hidden forms which still get digested into sugar..

Rice, even when cooked, is difficult to digest. Can't eat raw rice? Try eating rice half cooked. Contrary to popular belief, rice is very difficult to digest. It is "heavy stuff". If you have problems with digestion, try skipping rice for a few days. You will be amazed at how the problem will just go away.

Rice prevents the absorption of several vitamins and minerals. Rice when taken in bulk will reduce the absorption of vital nutrients like zinc, iron and the B vitamins.

Are you a rice addict? Going rice-less may not be easy but you can go rice-less. Eating less rice could be lot easier than you think.

Here are some strategies that you can pursue in your quest to eat less rice:

Eat less rice - Cut your rice by half.
Barry Sears, author of the Zone Diet, advises "eating rice like spice".

Instead, increase your fruits and vegetables. Take more lean meats and fish. You can even take more eggs and nuts.

Have "riceless" meals. Take no rice or wheat at say, breakfast. Go for eggs instead.

Go on "riceless" days - Go "western" once a week.

Take no rice and breads for one day every week. That can't be too difficult. Appreciate the richness of your food. Go for taste, colors and smells. Make eating a culinary delight. Enjoy your food in the original flavors.

Avoid the salt shaker or ketchup. You will automatically eat less rice.

Eat your fruit dessert before (Yes! No printing error) your meals. The fibre rich fruits will "bulk up" in your stomach.. Thus, you will eat less rice and more fruits.


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The article above was emailed to me by Latifah Tamerlane.

I for one think that this article is worth taking into account for its true that rice when digested produces sugar and for me as a diabetic @ (naturally sweet) :P, it can be pretty dangerous.

Makes sense to follow the health tips contained in the article above.


What about you? Still wanna stuff yourselves silly with rice?

I think I can make do with more wholemeal bread, veggies and fruits.

Eat healthy. Good advice, don't you agree? :)

10 comments:

D'No said...

Salam Guru,

An eye opening article. Hope you dont mind i post it into my blog or email to my friends.

Merci beaucoup.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam brother,

By all means, please do. :) Just saw Biggest Loser Asia Finale and the reality hits hard.

I need to watch my diet as well. Rice is dangerous when taken too often.

What more for a diabetic like me?

All the best to u sir.

Hashim said...

A good article but the rice-less works for a short time. Body will crave more carbs. This may lead to ketosis and then might damage your kidney. A balance diet is more crucial.

tuan guru...tolong tengok english saya ni ok ke?

MAHAGURU58 said...

Okay Saudara Hashim,

Jom kita semak 'comment' saudara. :)

A good article but the rice-less works for a short time. Body will crave more carbs. This may lead to ketosis and then might damage your kidney. A balance diet is more crucial.

Review of your comment:-

A good article but going without rice might only be practical for a short while.

Our body might crave for more carbs. This may lead to ketosis and subsequently might cause some damage to our kidneys.

A balanced diet might be more practical.

:)

~ contents dah cantik dah ; tinggal nak susun ayat je.

Apa apapun tahniah!

ahong said...

Salam,

Sebenarnya ada banyak jenis padi. Padi di Malaysia mengandungi kandungan karbohidrat (kanji) yang tinggi dan boleh menyebabkan kandungan gula dalam badan meningkat tinggi. Namun begitu ada juga padi yang mempunyai kandungan karbohidrat atau kanji yang sangat rendah. (Beras jenis ni mahal kat Malaysia tapi murah kat negara2 lain spt India).

Kenapa Malaysia taknak tanam padi jenis ni? Sebab padi jenis ni hanya boleh tuai 2 kali setahun aje. Padi yg ada sekarang blh tuai 3 kali setahun. Sebab duit badan binasa.

Adalah satu kenyataan yang salah untuk mengatakan badan tidak mempunyai sistem untuk mencernakan padi kerana dalam mulut sendiri pun sudah ada enzim untuk mencernakannya. Eksperimen mudah kunyah sebutir nasi yang tidak masak dan lihatlah ianya cair.

Bijirin seperti padi adalah baik untuk kandungan seratnya yang tinggi. Namun begitu, nasi kurang zat besi dan vitamin B12 yang sangat diperlukan badan.

Yang paling baik ialah makan secara seimbang dan ikut sunnah Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. Antara yang paling penting yang rakyat Malaysia kena ikut ialah makan sampai sebelum kenyang sebab biasanya kita bedal sampai kenyang.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam ahong. Terimakasih di atas fikrah tuan.

Kandungan artikel ini adalah kiriman seseorang pada saya.

Saya menyiarkan semula di atas kepentingan menyampaikan maklumat berguna kepada para pembaca saya.

Saya bersyukur di atas sambutan ahong dan kawan kawan yang lain didalam membincangkan perkara ini.

Semoga Allah SWT memberkati sumbangan pendapat anda semua.

Amin. :)

syahir said...

Assalammualaikum,

ahong tertinggal satu lagi perkara penting, rasa secubit garam sebelum makan. Itu juga sunnah nabi yg org pandang sepi.

secubit xbanyak, anggarannya lebih kurang kita basahkan hujung jari, dan tekan di atas garam, yg melekat itulah yg kita ambil. garam itu akan menerbitkan enzim dalam air liur yg mampu menghadamkan makanan.

selepas selesai makan, jilat jari jemari kerana terdapat penawar di situ, itu juga sunnah nabi. makan semasa lapar dan berhenti sebelum kenyang, itu juga sunnah nabi. ehehehe....kalau saya silap harap maaf. wsalam.

Small Hiker said...

Mahaguru, thank you for sharing this eye-opening article.... I will quote extracts of the article in my blog....

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam syahir.

Terimakasih diatas makluman ini. Sunnah Nabi SAW ada manfaatnya pada kita bila di amalkan. :)

MAHAGURU58 said...

You are welcome Small Hiker. :)

Good info must be shared with others. May we get to live a better, healthier life.

Ameen.