Life hack: Reduce the calories in white rice

New research arriving out of the University of Sri Lanka has found a way to reduce the amount of calories in rice. Ironically, it involves adding fat, in the form of coconut oil.

Rice is comprised of starch that is both digestible and starch that is resistant to digestion. Certain starch is resistant to digestion because the human gut does not have the appropriate enzymes to break it down. So, digestion resistant starch in rice is therefore not transformed into sugar and absorbed into the blood stream. The more starch that is resistant to digestion, the fewer the calories absorbed by the body.

This method therefore acts to turn some of the digestible starch into starch that is resistant to digestion.


  • Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water
  • Add half a cup of white rice
  • Cook for 40 minutes
  • Once cooked, add to fridge for 12 hours
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After being cooked this way rice will contain 50 to 60 per cent less calories, researchers say.


Would you give this method of rice cooking a try?