How can uncooked rice cause diarrhea

What the all-rounder rice can do for health

Rice not only keeps you full for a long time, it also supports your health. The digestive system in particular benefits from the small grains. Those who want to lose weight will also find good support. Why rice is so good for the stomach.

Rice is low in fat and at the same time rich in easily digestible carbohydrates and protein. Around eight grams of protein are found in 100 grams, wild rice even scores with up to twelve grams, which means that rice is filling for a long time and provides important energy. "Rice is the ideal accompaniment to nutritious vegetable, legume, dairy or meat dishes," says Brigitte Neumann, a graduate ecotrophologist from Uttenreuth.

Rice relieves the stomach and intestines

Rice not only fills you up. The digestion also benefits from the small grains. "Rice has a calming effect on the gastrointestinal tract and is easy to digest. It has a neutralizing effect and does not lead to increased gastric acid production," explains the nutritionist. Rice is therefore particularly recommended for a sensitive, irritated or inflamed stomach. Even those who often struggle with heartburn or nausea are well served with rice. "Even rice can relieve diarrhea," says Neumann.

Flatulence is also not to be feared from rice. Many even report that their stomach became completely flat after a rice regimen. No wonder: the digestion is relieved, flatulent foods are eliminated and nothing can ferment in the intestines. This allows the intestine to regenerate and stool irregularities can improve. It is not for nothing that rice is known in traditional Chinese medicine for the fact that it dissipates moisture and heat and has a cleansing effect.

Rice has a gentle dehydrating effect

This effect is based, among other things, on the high potassium content of rice. Prepared without salt, it drains gently and can reduce water retention in the body. Therefore, rice also supports a diet in a positive way. But: "If you have excessive water retention, you should consult a doctor. Then a heart failure or liver disease can be the trigger. Rice alone is not enough, it requires special medical treatment," emphasizes Neumann.

Whole grain rice is not a must

To benefit from the positive effects of rice, it doesn't necessarily have to be whole grain rice. Whole grain rice is rich in B vitamins, minerals and fiber because it contains the seedling and the silver skin, i.e. part of the seed coat. But many a digestive system has a hard time with the high amount of fiber. Many then suffer from pressure in the stomach, gas and constipation.

"Listen to your digestion. Your body tells you what is good for it and what is not," advises Neumann. "Whole grain rice is only eaten in our part of the world. There are no really significant scientific statements that it is 'healthier' than white rice. If you like white rice and tolerate it well, you should enjoy it without a guilty conscience."

Whole grain rice is often polluted with pollutants

In addition, whole grain rice in particular is often contaminated with pollutants, including carcinogenic inorganic arsenic and pesticides. This was shown by studies by the ├ľko-Test Foundation at the beginning of the year. So-called white parboiled rice is also often contaminated. It is sanded, but the rice grains are still soaked in water in the husk and then treated with steam and pressure. As a result, vitamins and minerals - but also pollutants - are pressed from the silver skin into the interior of the grain. The pollutant load is lowest with white, polished long grain rice.

Rinse rice with water before cooking

In order to reduce the level of pollutants, experts advise washing the various types of rice before preparing them and boiling them with significantly more water than is needed to cook them. Some of the critical substances are washed off or poured off with the cooking water. However, you also lose vitamins and minerals as a result. "Alternatively, you can prepare the least polluted long-grain white rice as swelling rice. Then you have the fewest pollutants and the best nutrient content," says Neumann.

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