That’s the big question. It is obvious that brown rice contains much more active ingredients, and that should be the goal in the consumption of this cereal.
But let us ask ourselves the following question: why, in Asia, Japan, and India, do we consume almost only white rice?
A Few Answers.
First of all, you should know that there is a big difference between white rice and brown rice. It will first be necessary to consume them “organic” because they can be in direct contact with pesticides. Then, especially if it is complete, particles may injure the digestive tract and become embedded very easily in the intestinal villi (a major cause of polyps). Of course, all this could be avoided if it was chewed 20-30 times. But who chews so much these days?
Then what are we looking for in rice: slow sugars, above all, all the other elements that the diversification of our diet can provide. Don’t forget this golden rule that you will find in the box on dietetics: “Cereals only turn into slow sugars in the mouth, provided that they are not mixed with any other ingredient, and above all, chewed very long.” This should become the energy base of our daily diet since it is primarily rice that provides the energy the body needs to function.
Then brown rice must cook much longer and be chewed very long, especially as we said above.
For all these reasons and many more, it is better to favour white rice while taking brown rice from time to time.
When preparing rice, it is best to rinse it to remove excess starch and residue until the water runs clear. The ideal would be to soak the rice for 1 hour, and not only does this reduce the cooking time (6-8 minutes instead of 15′), but it will be cooked much more thoroughly.
Like all cereals, rice will therefore bring the real energy the body needs, called “slow sugars.” But because of this slow digestion, there is a risk of stagnation in the stomach which can be very detrimental. So in the best case, the rice should be eaten plain, without adding anything, not even salt. It must be accompanied by vegetables which, thanks to their fibres, will promote the digestion of this rice.
Another method of medicinal preparation: burnt rice, which literally means “burnt pot”! As a drying product, it helps to fight against liquid stools. It also slows down intestinal peristalsis and soothes intestinal pain. It should not be taken when there are symptoms of dryness.
Let’s now look at a very well-known preparation in China: “Congee.” It is traditional in Asia to consume two to three times a year, for two days, a rice gruel or rice soup, which is therefore called Congee. This “soup” will only be accompanied by a few salted vegetables.
It will have the action of triggering a deep cleansing of the intestines. Then on the days of the new moon and the full moon, we will take it in the morning for breakfast.
Preparation: “Put 100 g of white rice in a saucepan with 5-6 times its volume of water. Then place the pan over very low heat for several hours (for example, in the evening before going to bed, so that it is ready in the morning when you wake up. You can opt for a faster method by putting the rice from the day before in l water and steaming everything. We will thus obtain a soup of medium consistency (the spoon must not stand vertically in it). It must therefore be liquid enough to have the feeling of drinking”.
In the end, it is only rice and water, and its taste may seem a little bland: it is the real sweet flavour in dietetics essential for tonifying the energy of the spleen.
Apart from these cleaning periods, this Congee can be used as a basis for the preparation of a multitude of medicinal recipes. For example, mustard leaves dissolve the Tan. With mint leaves to clarify the heat.
In the Chinese countryside, people used to eat this Congee with sautéed vegetables and very little meat.
A Little Beauty Treatment
The Japanese have developed a rejuvenating mask made from rice: “Take three tablespoons of organic brown rice, one and a half tablespoons of distilled water, two tablespoons of avocado pulp and ½ tablespoon of honey. Cook the rice until it softens. Save the cooking water. Mix the rice, avocado and honey to make a paste to apply on the skin. Leave on for ½ hour, then rinse with the remaining rice water”.
You’ll see. The results are spectacular. Indeed, rice is a skin tonic rich in vitamins. B. It moisturizes, regenerates and firms the skin. Not only does this “magic potion” have an anti-wrinkle effect, but it is also an exfoliant. It eliminates skin stains. Try it!
You have well understood that rice should become a central element in your daily diet, different from the diet of feast days, this diet whose function is to bring energy to your body.
But remember that the rice must be eaten plain, without adding any ingredients whatsoever, so that it can give the maximum of its slow sugar, the maximum energy to the body. So, “fried rice” does not really enter into this daily dietetics.
And above all, you have to relearn how to chew because of all this “alchemy”; this transformation takes place in the mouth and very little in the stomach.
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